This is the most recent Kilgore city manager’s report from the desk of Josh Selleck.
Items of note:
A permit for a new urgent care clinic was issued; the address is 2826 S. Henderson Blvd., across from Family Dollar at the site of a former service station.
Boonies Restaurant has opened downtown at 107 North Kilgore Street.
Kilgore Fire Department Battalion Commander Jason Cottrell was recognized for 20 years of service.
Nov. 1-30 – Shop Small Win Big Campaign
Nov. 12 -15 – Reel East Texas Film Festival
Nov. 14 – A Very Derrick Christmas – downtown, 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Nov. 17 – Special called council meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Nov.r 26-27 – City hall offices closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
Nov. 28 – Mingle & Jingle, downtown 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Nov. 28 – Kilgore Car Cruise In downtown, 5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. – COVID testing at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Kilgore Emergency Center parking area
PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS
The Streets & Drainage Crew is finishing up a large concrete road repair at the intersection of Thompson Street and Richards Street, which includes an exposed aggregate finish to better blend with the existing pavement.
The last phase of Wayfinding signage is approved and ready for the contractor to fabricate and install an additional 22 signs.
Installation of automated flushing fixtures is complete in most city buildings
Installation of auto soap dispensers and auto faucets is ongoing with the assistance of Smith Plumbing.
Kilgore Fire Department Battalion Commander Jason Cottrell was recognized for 20 years of service with the KFD this month.
KFD will host a new hire test Dec. 7 and a driver/ engineer promotional exam Dec. 15.
Cadet Joshua Stelly was sworn in during a short ceremony in the training facility. Officer Stelly has been assigned to patrol and is in training. Josh came to us from Longview as a certified firefighter and paramedic.
Our DEA Task Force Officer Josh Vercher and Narcotics Investigator Todd Nault have made several high profile arrests lately, but we’ve not yet released full details.
KPD participated in the annual downtown Halloween event. The staff volunteer for this community-based program every year. Several of them dressed up.
The KPD Facebook page exceeded 20,000 followers and last week we earned a five-star rating from followers.
QUALITY OF LIFE
A Very Derrick Christmas will be held today, November 14 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. in historic downtown Kilgore. Entertainment, a visit from Santa, live music, and shopping are on the agenda for the evening. The lighting of the derricks will be at 7 p.m.
Mingle & Jingle is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Historic Downtown Kilgore. This event is sponsored by Kilgore Main Street and the Downtown Merchants Association.
• The on-line survey to give feedback on the draft copy of the Kilgore Comprehensive Plan will end on Monday, November 16. Currently 325 surveys have been submitted. You still have time to submit your survey to the city.
• Staff met with members of the Gregg County Historical Commission this week to discuss the upcoming historical survey within the Kilgore city limits. January is the projected date to begin on the project.
• Permit issued for Boonies Restaurant at 107 N. Kilgore Street.
• Permit issued for Kilgore Urgent Care at 2826 S. Henderson Boulevard.
• Construction has begun on the Dairy Queen site at Henderson Boulevard and Lantrip Street.
• The Friends of the Library and Kilgore Public Library created 100 pinecone Christmas tree take and make crafts for the Lighting of the Derricks even this Saturday.
• The library has started a Teen Book Box subscription program. Signups for the December Teen Book Boxes open up on November 25. These boxes are hand selected for teens that sign up based on their interests. Some items in the box are theirs to keep and some come back to us. You can see more details here.
• Thanks to the Parks Department for helping bring up our Christmas décor from the basement. We have begun our endeavor to transform the library into a Christmas Wonderland and could not do it without their help.