The City of Pinehurst has had lot of good news in the last week. Longtime Pinehurst resident Greg Willis on Tuesday, November 15, was appointed to fill an empty position on the City Council. Interim City Administrator Jerry Hood was approved at the same council meeting as full-time in his position to lead Pinehurst.
Hood said that followed a big announcement on Friday, November 13, from the Sabine River Authority (SRA) concerning a grant. The SRA awarded a Disaster Recovery Assistant Grant of $10,000 to Pinehurst.
The grant will assist the city with the restoration of facilities and services that were damaged by Hurricanes Laura and Delta this year. Hood expressed the city’s appreciation saying, “We wanted to send a special thanks to the Sabine River Authority’s Board of Directors, the General Manger David Montagne, Holly Smith, and all other employees for their support.”
Pinehurst is in a transition period to re-organize the city’s volunteer fire department. Hood added that another grant from the Houseman Companies will assist with that process.
The Houseman Companies gave Pinehurst a $5,000 grant that will be used for the volunteer fire department. “It was a much-needed grant to help us to receive some gear and some other items that will help facilitate our progress in the fire department,” Hood stated.
Construction tied to the $6.8 million hazard mitigation grant from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) could start in about six weeks. Nestor Barroeta with Schaumburg & Polk told the City Council the work is on schedule to be completed by the planned April 2022 deadline.
The three-phased GLO project will include upgrading and elevating the electrical control room for the waste-water treatment plant, improvements to water and sewer lines, and resurfacing of streets flooded during Hurricane Harvey. “It is projected that the street and sewer projects will start around the first part of the New Year,” Hood concluded.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-