City Manager Josh Selleck

Josh Selleck

The following information is taken from Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck’s biweekly update for the city issued on May 29.

UPCOMING EVENTS

■ June 6: Tractors, Trucks, and Fun, Downtown Kilgore

■ June 9: city council meeting canceled

■ June 23: Regular city council meeting

■ July 4: Fourth of July Extravaganza at city park

PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS

■ East Lantrip drainage outfall was completed last week and held up well through Sunday’s rains.

■ Street crews poured a new double gutter on Crescent to improve drainage.

■ Henderson Boulevard was temporarily reduced to one lane at Richards Street, while crews began replacing the two-inch water main on Richards. Capping the old case iron waterline did cause a water main break, crews repaired it quickly with little inconvenience save for low pressure at Brookshire’s.

■ Maintenance completed several projects at the fire stations including: lowering a drain at Station 3, running new water and electrical for a bunker gear washer at Central Station, and helping complete the necessary steps for the generator at Station 2.

■ Maintenance helped identify restrooms in all city owned facilities for touchless fixture upgrades for Covid-19.

■ Parks crew members have spent many hours on mowing, weed eating, and maintenance prep at Meadowbrook Golf Course for the Mudbug annual golf tournament (see sports today for the wrap-up on that tournament).

■ Parks crew has cleaned up and removed trees on Fritz Swanson Road that were downed by past storms.

■ With the immoderate amount of debris citizens are removing from their yards caused by the storms and high winds, the city is utilizing two grappler trucks for the stockpile.

PUBLIC SAFETY

■ The Kilgore Fire Department will be welcoming new firefighter, Christy Fairchild, on June 1st.

■ We are continuing to work with TIFMUS and the HHSC for testing and inspecting nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

■ The Kilgore Police Department sponsored a “Cruise Night” in downtown Kilgore on May 16. Although there was some rain, it was still attended well.

■ KPD was awarded an Electronic Cigarette Grant. The School Resource Officers will embark on a program to educate our students on the risk of E-cig use and the enforcement of illegal sales to minors.

QUALITY OF LIFE

■ The City of Kilgore has hired a part time Main Street coordinator, Meredeth Brown. She will be working in the office on Fridays. Her main focus will be helping plan some of the Main Street larger events that happen throughout the year. Staff is very happy to welcome Meredeth to our family.

■ The next Main Street event will be this Saturday, June 6. The event, “Tractors, Trucks, and Fun,” will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Kilgore. Everyone can come downtown and look at all types of tractors. A tractor parade and tractor games are just some of the events that will be happening.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

■ The wayfinding signage project seems to be on schedule. Staff is working on obtaining a couple of easements with property owners in areas that there is very little right of way, but is a good location for placement of signs.

■ Staff has set a meeting with the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for June 24, and has set a goal for August to be completed with the plan and ready for implementation.

■ The Kilgore City Pool is on schedule for opening June 13.

■ Popeye’s and Daiquiri Express are approximately 45 days out from opening.

■ We are making preparations to tear down the building at 501 Fritz Swanson.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

■ The Library was able to get the UV light sanitation area set up with Greg Howell’s help. This allows us to sanitize our books much faster and to sanitize items shared among staff like phones, keyboard, mice, etc.

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