OVILLA - More than 30 residents turned out Monday night at the City Council meeting to protest a recently opened halfway house that is believed to be run by a Dallas church.

City officials said they had just become aware of the matter less than a week ago and offered assurances to residents they are taking measures to appropriately address the situation.

There were no action items on the agenda, with the meeting ending with an update on the Heritage Day events, Sept. 22, and a reminder about the annual blood drive, Aug. 25.

Also discussed were plans for the National Night Out activities, set for Tuesday, Aug. 7.

This year, in addition to the food and fun, there will be three main bands and several others to take the stage as well.

The turnout for the event increases each year, it was noted.