BY BRIAN BESCH
GOODRICH -- The Goodrich City Council met Thursday to discuss the community center project, the Christmas in Goodrich festival and FEMA relief.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Goodrich Community Center was held Wednesday, with Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy, the Goodrich City Council, the Polk County Chamber of Commerce and members of the community all in attendance.
"We had a great groundbreaking ceremony yesterday afternoon," Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson said during the meeting. "We had a lot of people turn out. We're putting it on Facebook because I thought it was a positive thing for the community and I got a lot of likes and a lot of comments. One lady thanked us for all the great leadership that we have in the city."
"Sydney Murphy was there at the groundbreaking and she was very complimentary of everything that we have been able to accomplish in the city," council member Marlene Arnold added. "It has just taken time."
Council also discussed Christmas in Goodrich, mentioning items needed to be purchased and work needed to be done to decorate the city. Vendors are needed for the event and those interested in having floats for the parade will soon be considered.
The city also submitted information to FEMA for possible Hurricane Harvey relief. The information was sent via email by the Tuesday deadline.
To end the meeting, Arnold said it was brought to her attention that the Goodrich Volunteer Fire Department needed to be contacted. Arnold said Goodrich is not covered under any fire protection for the City of Goodrich. Requests have been sent to Fire Chief Kenneth Hambrick to fill out information and it has not been completed. Arnold said that several attempts have been made.
"This will lower all of our insurance rates for the people in our community," Arnold said. "We are the only town in Polk County that has not been covered under this. We need to look into that because it will benefit everybody."