Busy Night for Lufkin City Council

Lufkin, TX (KTRE) - It's back to planning and zoning for a permit to move the Wild Willie's nightclub into a section of the old Sam's Club building at 400 North Timberland Drive.

The Lufkin City Council tabled a request asking for a Special Use Permit for a Drinking Establishment after questions about parking, security and access were raised.  The proposal calls for the club to be located in a back section of the southeast corner of the now vacant building.

The P&Z will report its findings to the Council before further consideration is given to the permit.  Wild Willie's nightclub is currently adjacent to the old Sam's Club parking lot.

The council also received an update on the exterior renovation of the old downtown Pines Theatre.  The project calls for a facade for the outside of the building, improvements to the ticket booth and replacing all of the theatre seats, among other things.

Architects from Scott and Strong told the Council the projected cost of the proposed renovations is a little over $303,000, that's significantly under the $500,000 that the city has earmarked.

Forty years, that's how long Bob Flournoy has worked as Lufkin city attorney.  Mayor Gorden expressed the city's appreciation to Flournoy for his years of service.  Flournoy first went to work for the City of Lufkin as city judge and later was hired as city attorney.

The first item on the agenda was to recognize the local media and present medals of meritorious service to representatives from KTRE-TV (and ktre.com), Yates Broadcasting, Lufkin Daily News, Bill Cameron with the City of Lufkin (Cable Channel 15), and KYKS Radio were commended for the community service they provided during Hurricane Ike.