RUSK — In a 4-1 vote with Mayor Suzann McCarty abstaining, Rusk City Council members designated McCarty as the signatory for the conveyance of the city-owned Kampgrounds of America park.

Councilmember Donald Woodard, who has voiced his opposition to selling the park in the past, was the lone dissenting vote.

The meeting agenda also included an item allowing the council to discuss the KOA, but the item was not addressed.

“We will discuss this in open session at a future date to be set when the appraiser can be here,” McCarty said.

The council also did not discuss the vacant city manager position during executive session and will do so at a special meeting today at 4 p.m., during which they will also address whether to repair or replace city water well No. 3, which has been non-operational for about a month.

In other business, the council also approved the following:

• an increase in time allowed for municipal court bailiffs to work; the council approved an increase in the hours the municipal judge could work at a previous meeting; and

• contracting out the city’s building inspections at $25 per trip, up to a maximum of $150 per building, to the city’s contracted plumbing inspector.

The council also heard presentations from Bob Goldsberry, executive director of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce; Danny Christopher, director of public works; and JoEd Anderson regarding the availability of the old First Baptist Church building.

The council discussed possible actions for the city pool, but no action was taken.

The council also entered into executive session to discuss with City Attorney Forrest Phifer possible litigation regarding CenterPoint Energy, but took no action when it reconvened into open session.

Rusk City Council meets in regular session at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to the public and include time for citizen comment.

Keep reading the Daily Progress for more information on Thursday’s council meeting.

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