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Mayor to represent Decatur on 911 board

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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A couple of years after local government entities approved the creation of a Council of Government 911 District board, the Decatur City Council now has a representative on that board.

The council last Tuesday approved a resolution creating a membership position on the board. Mayor Martin Woodruff has agreed to serve as Decatur’s first representative.

The 911 District Board will oversee the North Central Texas Council of Government’s 911 service.

“This is going to allow us in the North Central Texas region to receive funding back from the state from 911 service fees we all pay on our phone bill,” Woodruff said. “It goes into a fund that the state manages, and this is going to allow us to bring some of those funds back up here in our region to spend and support and improve our 911 system in our region.”

Woodruff said the board’s first meeting is in December.

In other business the council:

  • held the first reading on a zoning change and a specific use permit for the Wise County Heritage Museum, which is seeking to place an old historic jail on the property.
  • approved a replat request from Page Warner for a planned bed and breakfast at the corner of South Cowan and West Main streets.
  • approved a replat request for the Quik Trip (QT) under construction at the corner of Hale Street and U.S. 81/287.
  • awarded a bid for city employee health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • approved a resolution to participate in Texpool investment pools.
  • approved an agreement with HHW Solutions for monthly residential hazardous waste disposal (see related story in the Nov. 17 issue).
  • approved downtown street closures for a Christmas tree lighting event Nov. 27, the Parade of Lights Dec. 1 and Decatur High School prom photos April 6 of next year.

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