POINT COMFORT – The council authorized its city administrator to begin negotiations on the sale of land to Village Grocery.

The store’s owners currently lease the 0.63-acre property.

City Attorney Carly Wall reminded the council that they have to sell at fair market value and that an appraisal needed to be performed to determine the fair market value.

“It’s pretty obvious we need to get it surveyed,” said Councilman Mitch McBride.

Also, it was noted that the land had gas pumps and that there was a state easement that needed to be taken into consideration.

Mayor Leslie Machicek said the council needs to speak with Village Grocery to determine who would pay for the appraisal and survey and that they could proceed from there.

Councilwoman Linda Brush made the motion to authorize City Administrator Robby Silva to begin negotiations with Village Grocery, which was seconded by McBride and approved.

Also, Brush announced the date for the Christmas Lighting Contest, which will be Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Additionally, she said she is hoping to continue to the Christmas Tree Lighting, which was begun last year, on the same date.

In other business, the council:

-- Cast the city’s votes for the Calhoun County Appraisal District Board of Directors

-- Amended the Fiscal Year 2020 budget to reflect changes made in the utility department

-- Took no action following an executive session

A street report from Councilman Steve Lambden stated he is waiting for the maintenance list and work orders.

Point Comfort Police Chief reported that they had 134 traffic stops, issued 98 citations, 49 warnings, and handled five wrecks as well as handled 39 calls for service.

Agreed to a lease agreement with Silva for 222 Wood St.