Council members reviewed a tentative list of city streets that are considered in need of repairs and maintenance for the current year.
“We have several streets in town that with the increase of traffic, they’re just falling apart,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann. “Terrell Street is a heavily used road that we’d like to maybe fully replace from US 181 to FM 791, because it’s just breaking apart.”
City officials state that the street repairs are needed due to the high traffic flow coming through the city, and that the repairs are also necessary for city commerce and local businesses.
“Merchants Alley is another road I would like to see done because our businesses rely heavily on that traffic,” continued Houdmann. “I want to see if we can make it easier on the people coming in and out, because those tax dollars are really helping the city, so we have got to do something to help them out.”
The council unanimously approved the measure to advertise for bids to repair certain city streets.
In other matters, the council:
• Discussed the possible hiring of a part-time police officer in the near future. The council discussed issues such as cost and the benefits of having a police presence in the city. The part-time officer hired would likely be a retired officer or be from another law enforcement agency, working for the city on the side.
• Approved the two weekdays of April 29 and 30 for City Hall to be open for 12 hours on each day for early voting for city elections.