Seadrift hosted its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall last Tuesday, January 7.

The first thing that the council approved at the meeting was setting dates for the May 2020 elections.

The following terms that are expiring this year are as follows, Mayor Elmer Deforest and Council Members Peggy Gaines and Rainer Brigham.

The council approved the following items:

Setting the filing deadline from January 15 to February 14.

Setting early voting dates for Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24 and Monday, April 27 to Tuesday, April 28. According to the media packet, City Hall will be open for all early voting dates, including Wednesday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and including 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for early voting to provide everyone an opportunity to vote.

Setting Thursday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 28 as early voting days for the early voting period.

Setting early voting Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and including 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In other Seadrift Council news, the Council approved the developmental agreement with Falcon Point Subdivision to supply water and solid waste services.

According to Seadrift Mayor Elmer Deforest, this agreement has been under consideration under engineering for quite some time.

“The City Council previously approved a commitment to provide Falcon Point Subdivision with portable water from existing lines located within and on the boundary of Swan Point, that the city owns,” Deforest said.

Deforest added once constructed the City will own the facility, the land it sits on, and the water lines within Falcon Point.

Deforest said the city of Seadrift will provide water, billing, and solid waste services to Falcon Point.

The council later approved the following:

The Harbor Bulkhead/Retaining Wall Permit.

The renewal of its Texas Municipal League membership.

To accept retirement/resignation of current harbormaster, approved to advertise to fill the vacancy of harbormaster, establish criteria for reviewing/selecting harbor master for council consideration and amend and revise Harbor Maser aka Harbor Ordinance 02.

To declare Harbor Master Shack Surplus and a 1999 Chevy ¾ ton, tool body surplus to be put up for sealed bid auction.

The General and Utility Funds.

--Grants--

To pay invoices for Grant Works and G&W.

CDBG—TDA Biennial Grant: Civil Corp has engineered a new six-inch water line to run across the city on the east side to replace the old and existing two-inch line and replacement of an old, leaking, brick manhole near Oakland and 5th.

HOME: Applications have been submitted and are currently under review by appropriate agencies.

FEMA: The Council approved to authorize FEMA Checking Account Signatories.

FEMA and GLO-CDBG-DR: List of projects: Seawall and 13th and 15th, Pier, Bayfront Restroom, and Harbor Jetty.