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As I pen this article it is Memorial Day, 2021. I am humbled thinking about the significance of this day. Many of our nation’s warriors have given their last full measure of devotion, the shedding of their lives’ blood on the battlefields of our nation’s wars to defend and preserve our way of life, providing for the rest of us the blessings of freedom and liberty. I’m very grateful for their sacrifice on the sacred altar of freedom and reminded that freedom is not free.
In city news, we are close to completing the 2019-2020 financial audit by our auditors Leal and Carter. We anticipate this being finalized in July. We are behind in getting the audit completed by our March 1 deadline, but going forward, we anticipate having it timely filed. Our city financial department has been working diligently to get this caught up. City department heads and management is working on a draft of the 2021-2022 budget and will have it for the council to start reviewing next month. Our fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. We will be using last year’s audit and the draft of 2021-2022 budget to map out our plan for the coming year. We will hold workshops to finalize the budget and prioritize our focus on major issues for our city, both near and long term. More details will follow.
The city, school and county have been working together recently regarding the pool at PISD, which was made possible by a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant in 1986 and maintained by an agreement between these three entities. It’s very positive to see these groups continue to support each other and work together.
Additionally, representatives from these entities continue to meet and have dialog on projects where we can provide mutual aid to each other where practical. A point of praise, back in February during our snow event that proved to be crippling in so many ways, we saw the county take the lead in helping the city and the state with local services that were otherwise unavailable to them. Hats off to the county and thank you. As a result of this snow event, it is a desire of mine to have the city work on a better, perhaps more comprehensive disaster plan and incorporate that with the county, school, hospital, churches and other non profits to establish some protocols that would help us better migrate through any future event of this nature.
I will have an open office in City Hall every Wednesday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. if there is anything any citizen would like to discuss. There may be times I may not be available and if that is the case, please leave a number and message with the receptionist and I will call you back. I look forward to hearing from you.