Adams sworn in as Cuero councilman
By Allison Flores
The Cuero Record
Last Monday’s Cuero City Council meeting would swear in new councilmember Mitch Adams, along with councilmembers Terry Glover, Brad Hedrick and Mayor Sara Post Meyer into their next consecutive term.
After aking her Oath of Office, Mayor Meyer proclaimed the week of May 10-May 16, 2020 as National Police Week and May 15, 2020 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those law enforcement officers who through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty and let us recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.
Members of the Cuero Police Department and Police Chief, Jay Lewis were present for the meeting.
The Mayor also proclaimed the week of May 3 through May 9 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Cuero, and urged all citizens of this county and this community to participate in hurricane preparedness activities, and to pay close attention to watch and warning instructions.
Moving along the agenda, a report from Cuero Development Corporation Executive Director Bobby Seiferman would note that the CDC is offering COVID-19 relief grants. Seiferman stated that the CDC’s rental assistance grant will offer local businesses up to $1,000 a month for six months to help businesses during the pandemic.
The executive director noted that the grant has been an overall success, therefore, the CDC decided to create a second grant to help business owners; the second grant is called the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant, which will help reimburse businesses for utilities usage.
As of the Council meeting, the CDC board had approved 29 applications for both grants; $106,264 is being committed to the 29 applications. Seiferman stated that the CDC Board would meet during the week to review another 16 applications from local businesses which would total another $59,000 in grant funds.
Up next, Council approved Resolution 2020-25, awarding a bid to Weaver and Jacobs Construction for the Friar Ag Center Renovations.
Rounding out the meeting, Council tabled a discussion regarding hotel/motel occupancy tax payments. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some hotels/motels have asked for extensions on their payments, or forgiveness for their payments. Ultimately, the council decided to research how to handle the situation further, looking to the State Comptroller for recommendations and guidelines.
Cuero City Hall has re-opened and resumed regular operating hours. Utility bills and building permits can be paid inside, although the City encourages the public to use the drive-through or online services as much as possible. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby for everyone to use. There will also be markers on the floor so that social distancing can be achieved between citizens in the lobby. Limited number of citizens will be allowed in at one time, and the employee’s area will stay closed to the public. For further questions, call 361-275-6114.
Cuero City Hall will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.