UPCOMING EVENTS

  • July 1 – Beginning of the Texas Shakespeare Festival
  • 4th of July Extravaganza at Kilgore City Park, 5 p.m.
  • July 5 – City Offices Closed in observance of Independence Day
  • July 5 – KYSA first games of the summer season kick off at 6:15 at Texas 135
  • July 9-13 – Texas AAA Youth Baseball Tournament at Whataburger Sports Complex
  • July 10 –Kilgore At Walk Downtown – 4 to 8 p.m.
  • July 12-16 – Reel East Texas Film Festival Youth Camp
  • July 27 – Regular City Council Meeting

PUBLIC WORKS

AND PROJECTS

Roger Hulsey, the city’s brush truck driver, has retired after 24 years of service.

Ross Street has been milled and the milling machine returned.

The Streets and Drainage Crew has completed additional road cleanup from the asphalt milling Main Street.

High water was damaging our creek crossings on the trail and crews have installed sheet pilings.

Building Maintenance has gotten facilities at City Park in tip-top shape for the Fourth of July.

Chlorination booster pump was replaced at groundwater treatment plant by staff.

Operations have begun at the Surface Water Treatment Plant for the summer peaks.

Water line was relocated at 42 and Kilgore St after Chik-Fil-A’s sewer line extension was completed.

Our Collection and Distribution Crews are completing water line replacements on Bagwell and U.S. 259.

PUBLIC SAFETY

The Fire Department completed live fire training this week in coordination with the Kilgore Fire Academy. This is valuable training for our new recruits and current Firefighters.

The Fire Department assisted in moving the appliances and furniture back into the newly renovated pool house. I think everyone is excited to see the pool back open.

Informational programs were given to the Lions Club and Rotary by KPD Administrative Staff.

KPD held their Corporal Promotional Ceremony in which three officers were promoted. The process included a written test that covered a leadership book and law/policy-related material. Following the test, they sat before a peer review.

School Resource Officer Patrica Davis and KBAD (Kilgore Bulldogs Against Drugs) were recognized and presented the Advocacy Award by Texas Youth Action Network.

The SROs hosted a Kilgore Bulldog Against Drugs incentive event at 4 Star Cinema. KBAD members weretreated to a free movie.

KPD received the Chamber’s STAR award at its annual banquet. This award is given for Success, Tradition, Achievements, and Relationships.

The Kilgore Firefighters assisted with moving equipment and furniture from the Hospital back into the Pool House. We were excited to help in the grand re-opening of the renovated Pool.

A criminal investigation of an indecent assault at Luxury Nail and Spa revealed the suspect was a registered sex offender out of Tyler. Following a public news release, we have many victims coming forward.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Taylor Owings has started her position as the part-time Special Events Coordinator.

The Main Street Advisory board will resume monthly meetings on July 20.

The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Kilgore City Park is this weekend! Live Entertainment, Food Trucks, Splash Pad and Pool are free all day, and a Fireworks Display. Everything starts at 5 p.m., with fireworks beginning at dark.

KYSA – Kilgore Youth Softball Association will kick off their summer season on Monday July 5. There are 13 teams signed up and the facility is looking great!

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

The Kilgore Community Development Corporation has recently sold another lot in the Remington North subdivision for construction of a new single-family home. We have been approached by a builder and are exploring options to complete the build out of the subdivision.

A review of the Development Code has been completed by Freese and Nichols. Staff will meet with them next week and go over all the suggested changes for the code.

The Planning Department is working on an annexation project that includes a small portion (five acres) of the youth softball complex on Texas 135, owned by the City of Kilgore that is outside the city limits.

The swimming pool opened Saturday, June 26 with 250-plus in attendance. Water aerobics classes began with over 20 per class. Swim lessons begin July 5.

A search for a new ACO is underway with interviews starting July 2.

In the month of June, we issued a total of 35 permits, three Certificates of Occupancy, and one Certificate of Business Occupancy.

LIBRARY

Over 700 people are signed up for the Summer Reading Program.

Story Time is back two times a week — one morning session on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and one late afternoon session on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

The Library will have programming every Tuesday at 10 a.m. during the month of July for kids. Our first event is making a perky parrot craft.

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