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Tenaha City Council agrees to sell former city hall, hiring of additional police officer & bid on renovating city marshal's office

The Tenaha City Council voted to increase its police force by one with the future hiring of another officer at last night’s meeting. 


By a 4-1 vote, City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff was given the OK to hire a second deputy at $15 an hour. Voting against the item was Tommy Rinkle who was in favor of keeping citizens safe, but felt the city needed to operate on a leaner budget. Council members agreeing to the item said more law enforcement was needed for the city, and they were hearing from citizens. 


The city council also approved the sale of the old city hall building by a 3-2 vote to Jimmy & Jean Bowlin for $28,777. Bowlin said his plans call for making the building a community and activity center, with hopes of a place for tutoring students after school.


The bid for renovation of the city marshal’s office at the municipal building was awarded to Larry Fontaine for $7,683.


Council also agreed to put out for bids on construction of a storage building to house items that were in the old city hall as well as for the public works department.


By the way, a silent auction will be held from 10 to 2 this Saturday, Nov. 22 for items in the old city hall, these include desk, chairs and other items. Those interested are invited to stop by.


Public Works Director Stacy Cranford advised that the City of Tenaha’s water tested100 percent compliance for the first time in several years.


Tenaha City Council will have a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 to discuss the employee handbook.

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