2018-11-07 / News

Lyford officials fret Christmas parade costs

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Staff Writer

Lyford officials are attempting to raise funds for a Dec. 8 Christmas parade and festival.

During a Monday night meeting, City Commissioner Rick Salinas asked, “where can we get money for that particular activity?”

He asked if any money from the parks fund could be used for the holiday program. The agenda currently includes music by two bands, Los Rukos and Conjunton Imprezzion, as well as a float competition with cash prizes, a car show and various raffles.

Secretary Lydia Moreno said that any money that is now in the parks fund is strictly allocated for parks and cannot be repurposed.

Lyford commissioners considered soliciting funds from Raymondville because floats from the Raymondville parade are also entered in the Lyford parade to compete for cash prizes. Commissioners said they will welcome any donations for the Christmas parade and activities.

In related business, Commissioners approved a temporary closure of the state highway on Dec. 8 for the Christmas parade.

In other business, the city’s 4-a economic development committee discussed possible purchase, sale or donation of real estate in closed session.

The City Commission also went into closed session to discuss possible creation of an Assistant Public Works Director position, as well as the possible appointment, evaluation, reassignment, discipline or dismissal of an employee. No action was taken on any of the three closed session items.

In a final order of business, the commissioners approved a fireworks display after the Nov. 9 home football game.

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