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Volunteers sought for Granite Shoals City Hall landscaping project

GRANITE SHOALS — A few good landscapers are needed to help an area gardening group with beautification duties at the new City Hall.

The Master Gardeners have agreed to landscape the municipal complex at 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road, just north of RR 1431, but they could use some volunteers, Mayor Frank Reilly said during the Tuesday City Council meeting.

"Anybody you know who would like to come dig in the dirt (is welcome)," Councilman Dennis Maier added.

The volunteers are needed for two time slots on April 15, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m., and also on April 17, Maier added.

During the meeting, the council also gave the go-ahead to begin work on a letter of agreement with Austin-based Grant Development Services to prepare a Community Development Block Grant application request for possible funding from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs.

The funding could be used for water-system improvements, said Gandolf Burrus with Grant Development Services.

He said the money could be used for any project that would benefit everyone on the water system; or for more focused projects such as a single waterline.

However, for the more focused projects, 51 percent of the affected residents would have to give the OK for the repairs.

"We’ve got waterlines that are atrocious, they’re just falling apart," Councilwoman Shirley King said.

Councilwoman Merilyn Nations also supported the letter but suggested some of the repairs could be beneficial to waterfront property owners.

"Everything that’s been approved has been for low-income areas, but the other waterlines need to be replaced too," she said.

Burrus said the grant could be up to $250,000.

andrew@thepicayune.com