UPCOMING EVENTS

March 14 – SpringBreak, Game of Skate – 3 p.m. at the City Park

March 14 – East Texas Lone Star Shootout – 6 p.m. Lonestar Speedway

March 21 – KISD Alumni, Coaches, and Teachers 4-man Scramble Golf Tournament, 11 a.m. Meadowbrook

March 21 – Kilgore Legacy Foundation Red & Black Ball – 7 p.m. at Kilgore College

March 21 – Miss Mable’s Plants in the Patch plant sale benefitting the Dean-Keener-Crim House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 21 – Grand opening of the new downtown store – Willow Creek Cottage at 203 E Main St.

■ March 24 – City Council Meeting ,5:30 p.m.

PUBLIC WORKS

AND PROJECTS

■ Brady and crew made a repair to the 24 inch raw water line at the Sabine River this week.

■ The bypass pump at the reservoir is now pumping water to Henderson. Getting this going was a joint effort between multiple Kilgore departments, City of Henderson, and East Texas Salt Water Disposal.

■ The Couch St. and Leach St. warranty work and additional structural overlay finally had good weather to be completed by Anchor Contracting.

■ Maintenance rerouted the electrical lines at the Texan for the new balcony rafters to be installed and also installed a new “exit” sign. Fire Marshal and other staff installed 24 balcony trusses last week.

■ A new gas line was installed at Fire station #2 for the back-up generator.

■ Flex lines were replaced and vent pipes for the heating unit were repaired at City Hall.

■ Installation of electrical lights and receptacles were started at the new cart barns at Meadowbrook.

PUBLIC SAFETY

■ Kilgore Fire Department in cooperation with Sabine Fire Department and the Gregg County Fire Marshal’s Office, responded to a fire at 401 N. Longview Street over the weekend.

■ With the retirement of Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos, Driver Julie Webb will be Interim Fire Marshal. We are confident Julie will do a fantastic job!

■ KPD had an educational and recruiting booth at the College and Career Fair that was hosted at KHS. This event was co-sponsored by KISD and the Chamber of Commerce.

■ KPD presented a program to the Builders Group at the First Baptist Church. The program included highlights about the department and a drone demonstration.

■ We hosted our quarterly meeting of the Clergy and Police Alliance. This was a very well attended event by 30 plus area clergy. This program continues to grow and strengthen relationships.

QUALITY OF LIFE

■ Sonya Waters will be starting her new position with Kilgore Economic Development Corporation on Monday, March 16th and we wish her well with this new endeavor. The City of Kilgore will look to hire a new Community Relations Manager to fill this vacant position.

· Fridays After 5 line up has been finalized and we’re looking forward to welcoming the Tuxedo Cats, Harvest Moon Countrygrass, TBA Music, and Josh Mandreger to the World’s Richest Acre for this free concert series that runs the first Friday of April, May, June, and August.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

· Staff has received a draft copy of the Transportation Plan and the Downtown Plan and they are currently under

review by Staff.

· Planning Department and Engineering Department have a pre-construction meeting on Friday, March 13th, with National Signs regarding the way-finding signage. At the meeting we will receive a time-line for production and installation of the signs.

· The Planning and Zoning Board will meet on March 18, 2020 to discuss the request for a Special Use Permit for constructing a Telecommunications Tower on Van Meter Road.

· 713 Wells St- the abandoned burned building has been demolished and removed.

· 3 more trailers have been removed from King’s Trailer Park. 60 day notices go out Monday.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

· The Library has been monitoring the rain very closely and have been checking the basement diligently. We are happy to see that even after all of our recent downpours the basement has remained completely dry!

Highlight of the Week – Kilgore Public Library

This Spring Break allowed our younger patrons to travel around the world without leaving Kilgore as a part of the Kilgore Public Library’s Spring Break Staycation. We had special guests, books, food, and crafts from Mexico, China, Australia, India, and England. Each country visited earns patrons a stamp on their “passport” and if they visit all 5 countries and read a book set in another country, they will earn a special prize. Attendance has been strong with over 50 attending each day’s event.

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