The following information was taken from Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck’s biweekly report dated Dec. 15.
• January 26th – City Council Workshop 5:30 p.m.
PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS
• The streets crew spent 5 hours on Sunday, Jan. 10 sanding the roads during the winter storm.
• U.S. 259 Business, across from All Star Ford, had a water main break that was repaired with the joint effort of the Collection & Distribution and Streets & Drainage crews. The asphalt repair was delayed due to the asphalt plant being closed due power and electrical issues from the recent winter storm. Asphalt was sourced from a different plant and the repair was completed this week.
• Emergency Generators were deployed to wells No. 3 and No. 9 because of an extended power outage at the well field. Water levels were falling, but power was restored prior to any water restrictions being required. There will be instances of red water in the coming days as we refill the tanks because of upsets in the chemical treatment during the power outage.
• The Parks Department has placed the new banners downtown and removed the Christmas Tree.
• The concrete pad for the irrigation project at the City Park has been poured.
• The benches and new signs have been ordered for the new dog park.
• Station 3 reconstruction is in the final stages of completion, with crews moving back at the end of the month.
• Fire is currently finishing up testing and peer reviews for new hires and promotions. We should have everyone in place by the first of February. We will be promoting three drivers and one captain.
• After the Police Department completed their final submissions of the year to the state for the Uniform Crime Report, we learned that while we had slight variations within individual categories, our overall crime remained neutral. With the economic downturn and lockdown, we were not certain how that would impact crime. In 2019, we had a 19 percent decrease in our overall crime, so to be able to hold steady is very pleasing.
QUALITY OF LIFE
• The City of Kilgore and Downtown Businesses received an award from KIBA for the Christmas Window displays.
• The Main Street department has completed the yearly report to Texas Main Street that is due this week.
• Demolition is under way on the old Regions Bank building, and the pad for Chick-fil-A is being constructed.
• The framing on the Quick Care and Dairy Queen is complete.
• Lane Fitness Center at Kilgore College is nearing completion. They are finalizing the fire alarm system.
• There will be a joint workshop with the Planning and Zoning Board and City Council regarding the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Kilgore on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at Kilgore City Hall.
• The Planning and Zoning Board will meet on Jan. 20, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. On the agenda is the rezone request for property located at 1009 Brook Drive. This is the location of the previous Kilgore College Child Development Center. The zone change request is a change from Single Family Residential (R2) to General Commercial (GC). The developer would like to construct a multi-tenant commercial complex.
• The Kilgore News Herald had a great article on our new Youth Services Librarian, Kay Stidham, which also made the weekly news brief of the Texas Library Association.
• We have hired two new part time staff members: Stephanie Hawkins and Travis Noriega. We are excited to have these new staff members!
• Wizardry School Started Monday.
• Money for Kids Saving Starter Kits are still available.
• We have expanded our Book Box program to include not only teens but also adults and kids ages 8-12. It has proven to be very popular.