By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 GRAPELAND – The Grapeland City Council met in a called meeting on Monday, July 24 in an effort to shore up the city’s personnel.

After the meeting was called to order by Mayor Balis Dailey, the mayor opened with a brief discussion about a merger of two utility companies.

“I am not aware of if this will impact us or not,” he said.

Following a brief discussion, the council adjourned into executive session at 6:05 p.m. When they emerged from behind closed doors approximately 90 minutes later, the personnel matters were addressed.

A motion was made by Council Member Velda Parker to allow Dailey to negotiate a contract for an interim police chief’s position. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

A second motion was made by Parker for the mayor “… to write up the contract for the city superintendent.” The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

No action was taken on status updates concerning real property.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

The names of the city superintendent candidate and interim police chief will be released after the contracts have been drawn up and approved.

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