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The city of Navasota is gearing for its annual State of the City Address slated for Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Navasota Center. Navasota City Manager Brad Stafford discusses with Navasota Examiner Publisher Ana Cosino and Willy 98.7 Radio Personality Kenny Graves what can be expected at the annual Address.

Grimes County Little League President Keith Zimmerman also makes a special guest appearance with the Grilling Stafford crew to discuss Little League registration. Find out all about the program and more in episode 35.

Highlights from Grilling Stafford – Episode 35

When is State of the City? “The State of the City Address is Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Navasota Center. We have limited seating do to COVID-19 restrictions, but you can expect Mayor [Bert] Miller to give a quick update on all the great things that happened in 2020. I know we had some bad things but we’re not going to talk about those. We are going to talk about the good because there was a lot of good that happened despite COVID. Come and listen or chime in via Zoom.”

Are there plans for paid parking anywhere in the downtown area? “From the City side no, we don’t have any plans. I don’t know if anybody else has an idea on private property for that at this time, but the city does not have any plans for that.”

Brad, true or false: Rumor has it that Navasota will be getting a Whataburger? True or false? “False, because we don’t know of anything. We have had conversations with them in the past, but as of right now it’s false.”

Will there be a new ordinance for Railroad Street? “Yes, there will be a new ordinance for Railroad Street. After much discussion and conversation with property owners in that area, it was decided to make that a one-way street. Oneway going north. There is an ordinance that will be presented to city council Jan. 25. We’ll see how it goes.”

Can you talk about the new downtown ordinance pertaining to alcohol? And when will it take effect? “We also have had

several of our business owners in the downtown area who have expressed an interest in the city adopting an ordinance to allow alcohol downtown. It will be like sipping while you shop. We will be presenting that to city council Jan. 25 as well.”

To view the full video of Grilling Stafford – Episode 35, or to watch archived episodes, visit The Examiner website, www.navasotaexaminer.com. If you would like to submit a question for Grilling Stafford, email news@navasotaexaminer. com. New episodes of Grilling Stafford are released every Thursday.