Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 19, 2014

Alto moves forward on street repairs

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

ALTO — Local city council members took action during Monday's meeting, voting to move forward with a proposed street-paving project and to hire a consultant to help assist with gas pipeline audit readiness, among other items.

The street-surfacing project addresses areas in most need, while the hiring of consultant Jack Carter is to help prepare for an April audit, said City Secretary Cindy Murray.

Also Monday, council members also gave approval to Alto resident Robert Hicks to allow a billboard to be erected by a Houston company on his U.S. Highway 69 property in the south end of the city.

Meanwhile, an agenda item calling for the purchase of a new utility department vehicle was tabled, Murray said.

Following an executive session during the meeting, council members “took steps to move forward to seeking a new utility director,” she said.

The city last hired a utility director in 2008 to oversee the water, sewer, gas and street departments that today serve a population of 1,265 residents.