Greetings from the Mayor’s office: Our struggle continues with the State in attempting to collect reimbursement monies from the CARE ACT. This is money that is owed to the city for expenses which has already been spent. As of this past Monday, the city has collected some $245,083 and has some $348,000 pending. We have until Dec. 31 to try to collect. EMC Strategy Group and our city staff are working daily trying to meet the stringent requirements that the State has put on counties and cities. We feel confident that we will meet the “hoop jumping” and have all monies collected by Dec. 31.
The mask mandate is back in effect for this county. I am glad to see this and I know that wearing a mask is our No. 1 defense against COVID. Our numbers have been increasing, but this was expected, and we are still doing well compared to cities of our size. Let’s continue to do all we can to prevent testing positive and preventing the spread of the virus. This past week, I had to say goodbye to a State Trooper brother, Eddie Bell, whose funeral services were this past weekend. Eddie graduated from the DPS Training Academy in March of 1959. He was stationed in Corpus Christi and Alice and had additional police experience in Wichita Falls and Bowie. He lived in Pleasanton and I got to know him while he was employed at San Miguel. Eddie was one of the good guys of the world and came from a good family. I will miss hearing those stories he told about law enforcement in the 50s. My condolences to the Bell family.
Until next week, best regards and good health to all as Merry On Main draws closer. BE SMART, BE SAFE … wear that mask.
TRAVIS HALL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may email him at email@example.com.