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City Manager Josh Selleck

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tunesday – Every Tuesday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World’s Richest Acre

May 8 – Downtown Vintage Market

May 8 – Sip N Shop and 5K run at the Texan Theater

May 11 – City Council Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

May 15 – Tractors, Trucks and Fun! from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kilgore

May 15-16 – Creekside Sprint Mountain Bike Race at BigHead Creek MTB Trail. Sunday is race day.

ADMINISTRATION

Josie Atchley was awarded the Lifetime Star Achiever award and Rachel Rowe was awarded The Shining Star award at the Kilgore Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event for 2021.

The city has entered partnership with Kilgore Youth Softball Association for the city to accept ownership of the Texas 135 Youth Sports Complex. The city will take on utilities costs for the entire complex and will assist with some major capital maintenance items. All operations of the facility will remain with Kilgore Youth Softball Association and Kilgore Soccer Association.

PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS

Street and Drainage are continuing to complete road repairs caused by water breaks during the winter storms. Where appropriate, they continue to try and match the exposed aggregate look for concrete panels.

Facilities has made a lot of repairs and upgrades; large ones include upgrading 16 street lights inside Synergy Park to LED and replacing the electric panel at the horseshoe pit to restore power to the area.

Well No. 3 Emergency Generator is now in service.

Public Works and Parks completed the concrete pour for the Cart paths at Meadowbrook Golf Course

PUBLIC SAFETY

The Fire Department has noticed an uptick in wildland fires. Hopefully this will improve with coming rains.

The Fire Department conducted a fire extinguisher class at CHEP, in Synergy Park, as an educational course.

The KPD February Employee of the Month was awarded to Lieutenant Linder and Lieutenant Portwood for their work during the ice/snowstorm.

KPD had their quarterly Clergy and Police Alliance meeting at Danville Baptist Church. This was our largest meeting thus far. We discussed our use of force training, and they watched a video of KPD officers using our new WRAP system to safely secure an out-of-control arrestee.

KPD once again took part in the DEA National Drug Take-Back. Officer Patricia Davis set up a booth in town and received unused drugs. Following the event, DEA picked up 12 boxes from us totaling 265 lbs. This was a combination of the Drug Take-Back event and our drug receptacle in the front lobby.

In conjunction with Special Services Director B.J. Owen, KPD has been successful at reducing calls at a local motel. The calls ranged from assault, thefts, burglary of vehicles, drug activity, prostitution and DWIs. We are working with management to target the criminal element that had been staying at or using this property for illicit purposes.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Tunesday is continuing with lunchtime concerts every Tuesday through May. We have had a good crowd for these concerts and have had great musicians.

Ryan Polk, the city’s Tourism Manager, was awarded one of the 4 Under 40 by the Texas Travel Alliance for demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Texas Travel Industry in 2020.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

The Planning Department has reviewed the final draft of the Comp Plan, and it has been sent for printing. We should receive the final documents sometime next week.

In regards to the updated Banner and Temporary sign ordinance, staff has sent out a press release and has set a deadline of June 1 for compliance. Banner Permit Applications can be found online at www.cityofkilgore.com under the permit section.

A customer-friendly computer kiosk has been installed at the customer service desk at City Hall for online permit issuance and ease of paying your water bill.

Concrete has been poured and steel has been erected at the CEFCO site.

Sophia Nail Salon completed their remodel at 103 Midtown Plaza (next to the old Stage). They are scheduled to open next week.

LIBRARY

Local Seamstress Maddie Norman volunteered her time for free sewing repairs at the library on Monday, and KLTV came and did a story.

The library has a Youth Services survey open right now to help us with future planning.

The Library has received several donations for the Summer Reading Program, and registration begins in May.

The Friends of the Library book sale begins next week.

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