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The Mayor’s Report 08-17-2017

by Byron Richards

"How the time flies". Even my picture has flown out of the newspaper's office. It doesn't seem possible that I have been your mayor for the past seven years.

We have been blessed with the many completed improvements due to the good work of past and present councils. With the courthouse renovation and the US 287 project an air of optimism prevails for our city's future.

The water project is finally completed with only the FM 94 water line replacements and the airport runway lighting system upgrade to be completed in early 2018.

TxDOT has recently informed the city that our downtown grant application for ADA compliant sidewalks plus lighting has made it through the initial eligibility screening. The final selection will be announced in September.

Entergy has been a good neighbor for the past two years with community grants. Again this year a grant for $3,000.00 to assist the chamber with expenses associated with the Battle of Blackjack Grove Event to be held on February 16 through 18, in 2018. This reenactment of the Civil War era, the Bear Chase Run and the Fourth of July Celebration have garnered a great amount of positive comments for our
city.

It appears that our 16-17 budget will conclude as forecasted in September.

With a sunny week forecasted city crews will be out working on the streets and cleaning up after the high winds last week. Give them a thank you as they always go beyond what is required to deep your city in good order.

We always like visitors at council meetings. They don't last long and they are informative. Council meets on the last Monday of the month beginning August the 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Please pray for our city, country, military men and women, first responders, law enforcement officers, for friends and neighbors that have special needs at this time.