Square stop signs approved


The city will begin the process to place stop signs at the intersection of Trinity and Elm streets by the courthouse square.

Additionally, at some time in the future, the Texas Department of Transportation will make the intersection at Highway 90 and Trinity a four-way stop.

City Manager Camilla Viator said she has contacted TxDOT, which has finished its surveys and is ready to install the stop signs.

“They said they were overruled in putting a designated right-turn lane from 90 onto Highway 21,” she said. “They will put parallel stripes on 21 in front of Walker’s Café and those businesses to define parking.”

However, she said, the Elm and Trinity intersection was squarely the city’s responsibility.

Viator said that TxDOT would not begin work on its part until it finishes the overlay on Highway 90.

The vote was unanimous to begin the city’s portion of the change.

In other business, the city:

•gave its approval to begin construction of a splash pad at Lake Madison Park. Total costs include $176,119.63 for materials and $78,000 for labor;

•discussed building problems and getting regular financial and business reports from the board that governs the Senior Citizens Center;

•discussed changing the signature cards for city accounts at Prosperity Bank;

•discussed using former city manager Danny Singletary as needed for advice during the month of January;

•approved paying Economic Development Corporation taxes in the amount of $245.44;

•renewed its agreement with the EDC for economic development for the city;

•approved a level of cash awards for years of service at the Madisonville Fire Department;

•appointed Patricia Hardy to the Planning and Zoning Commission; and

•approved the employment contract with Viator, which outlines the scope of her duties, sets a base salary of $84,707.56 and provides for allowances and benefits of $30,282.14.