Friendship Playground

City of Kilgore wrapped up construction on the new, accessible-to-all Friendship Playground at Harris Street Park last week.

The following information was taken from Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck’s biweekly report for July 31.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 Tuesday, Aug. 11 – City council workshop, 5:30 p.m.

 Wednesday, Aug. 19 – First day of school for KISD.

 Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Regular city council meeting, 5:30 p.m.

 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – COVID testing at Kilgore’s CHRISTUS Good Shepherd ER Parking area

PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS

 Approximately 500 tons of asphalt (3/4 mile) were laid down on Trails Phase II this week.

 The city had several large water main breaks last week. Crews have been working tirelessly to keep things flowing while the dry weather, with periods of rain, kept the ground shifting and breaking the older, brittle pipes.

Coordinated with SWEPCO to get several issues around the city resolved: a broken meter at city park, a broken light on Wood Street, a broken security light at Meadowbrook Park, and a blown secondary jack at the Texan Theater.

 The count was finalized on touchless fixtures needed for city-owned restrooms, and the city is working with local vendors to select the appropriate models.

 Working to find solar lighting that will meet city needs for multiple areas in the parks.

 Prepared the Whataburger Sports Complex (on Commerce Street, across from Driller Park) for church softball use.

 Algae growth on the Lazy Ranch Splash Pad has been accelerated by the weather and the city’s pressure washing schedule has been adjusted accordingly.

PUBLIC SAFETY

 The Kilgore Fire Department has continued to head up the Mobile COVID-19 testing at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd ER on Tuesday 9am-1pm and Thursday (new time) 9am-1pm.

 The fire department hosted their new hire test on Wednesday, July 29. There are three current openings.

QUALITY OF LIFE

 Downtown Kilgore has several new businesses open recently. Please take some time to stop by for a visit, shopping, or eating: Coffee and A Biscuit, Geektopia-RC Comics, Josey Wales Antiques and More and Euphoria Botanicals.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

 Kilgore sponsored a “Tire Takeback” on July 18. Received and removed were 1,108 tires! At about 1,000 mosquitoes per tire, that is over 1 million mosquitoes removed from our area per season!

 Popeyes passed their final inspection on July 30 and is ready to open. (Popeyes opening is set for this coming Tuesday, Aug. 11)

 The city’s planning department is working on several ordinance amendments to the development code that will be heard at the August city council meeting on Aug. 25.

 The planning department continues to work with Freese and Nichols on the virtual videos and surveys for the comprehensive plan.

We anticipate that the videos and surveys will launch to the public in the next 2-3 weeks.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

 The Summer Reading Program ended last Friday. We had the same number of adults and teens finish the program as last summer, which is great news since our participation by children was lower this year.

We are handing out prizes this week and can’t wait to see the excitement of our readers as they come to claim them.

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