At Tuesday's regular meeting, New Llano council members authorized a $5,200 purchase of roughly 17 acres of land along Stanton Street for the purpose of drilling a test water well and other public purposes.


 At Tuesday's regular meeting, New Llano council members authorized a $5,200 purchase of roughly 17 acres of land along Stanton Street for the purpose of drilling a test water well and other public purposes.
At the October meeting, council approved a $5,000 purchase of two acres of the land for drilling a test water well. Mayor Freddie Boswell said at the time that the town was in the process of negotiating with the property owners for another 15 acres of land in the area of Stanton Street and Hickory Avenue.
Boswell said Tuesday that the owner, Salvania Moses, had offered the additional 15 acres of land for another $200.
"We could probably get a couple of basketball courts there or maybe another walking path," Boswell said about the additional 15 acres at October's meeting.
Council also approved the condemnation of 411 Vernon Street and provided an update on a a structure at the corner of Second Street and La. 1211, a property in which councilwoman Carolyn Todd was concerned.
"The property owner is trying to bring the house back into condition," Boswell said. "If he can't, he'll tear the house down."
Boswell also answered questions about the recent joint public works venture in which the town entered with Leesville after residents expressed confusion about its purpose.
"When there's a flood or a storm, this makes it easier to acquire grants," he said.
The venture will help find and implement strategies to improve water, sewage, street and infrastructure systems in both communities. The agreement was signed on Nov. 11.
The town also approved moving the December council meeting from Dec. 27 to Dec. 13 due to the holidays.