Council pledges support for lakes, but not neccessarily Marvin Nichols
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 5, 2005 -- Sulphur Springs city council went on record Tuesday as being in support of the development of water resources in Northeast Texas, but not for any proposed reservoir.

The city of Clarksville had asked the city to authorize a resolution in support of controversial Lake Marvin Nichols, a proposal that has drawn fire from landowners, timber operators and other citizens. The project has also been dropped from long-range plans of the area’s regional water planning district.

While the city has indicated a preference for the proposed Parkhouse Lakes over the Nichols project, council members opted for the more generic concept of supporting the development of water resources.

�With respect to supporting any particular reservoir, Marvin Nichols or the Parkhouses at this point, I don�t think would be prudent,� said Mayor Clay Walker. �We are saying that we support the development of water resources of Northeast Texas.�

In other business, council approval was given to the annual investment policy for the city after one council member suggested adding a council member to the committee that reviews and oversees financial investments.

Prior to Tuesday evening, committee members included the city manager, finance director and city business manager.

Place 2 Council Member Joe Crouch suggested that the mayor also be a member of the committee.

�I think it would be prudent if we inserted the word mayor on there also,� Crouch said.�

The councilman said he had no problems with the city’s investment policy or procedures, but that he felt having an elected council member on the committee would be in the best interest of the city.

Approval was also given to a grant request for Red River Valley Drug Task Force.

The funding request is asking for $369,861 from the state, which under new guidelines will cover a six-month period rather than one year. 

Police Chief Jim Bayuk told council members that the task force has been informed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division that the Byrne Grant program, which has funded a large portion of task force operations for a number of years, is being closed out by the end of March of next year.

Bayuk said the city would be asked to contribute $8,993 to help fund the drug interdiction program. Other participating entities, including Hopkins County, Delta County, Paris and Lamar County as well as the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s office, will also be asked to fund like amounts for the next year’s task force operations.

After receiving support for the funding request, the police chief told council members that drug enforcement efforts in the past few weeks had resulted in the seizure of 50 pounds of cocaine, 97 pounds of marijuana, one pound of ecstasy along with the seizure of one vehicle used to transport the illicit drugs and more than $12,700 in suspected drug money.

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