The following information comes from City Manager Josh Selleck’s biweekly report for Aug. 29.
• September 8th – Regular city council meeting, 5:30 p.m.
• September 22nd – Regular city council meeting — 5:30 p.m.
• Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – CO-VID testing at Kilgore’s CHRISTUS-Good Shepherd Emergency Center parking area
PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS
• City of Kilgore Streets Department has installed the curbing and compacted gravel at Friendship Playground in preparation for the pour-in-place surfacing, which is set to be installed early in September.
• Maintenance and parks crews moved filing cabinets and brochure racks from the old Kilgore Chamber of Commerce location to the new one.
• Air conditioning units were replaced at city hall with more efficient and serviceable 410A units.
• New security lighting was installed at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center, overlooking the north side of Building C.
• Touch-up painting, trim painting, and base mold installation were completed in two Meadowbrook offices.
• Electrical issues were repaired at the Texan Theater.
• Old electrical system at Meadowbrook pool was removed and a new panel and devices were installed.
• The Bagwell waterline is 90 percent complete.
• Well No. 3 returned to service this week.
• Fence line clearing is complete at wastewater treatment plant.
• The Kilgore Fire Department assisted in receiving 36 nursing facility evacuees (from Hurricane Laura) at The Willows.
• The Kilgore Police Department implemented the annual back-to-school traffic plan. Previously clogged traffic points ran smoothly this year.
• Due to an increase in criminal activity at a few hotels, we’ve had targeted enforcement that has shown great results. We’ve arrested multiple wanted persons, recovered weapons and seized sizable amounts of narcotics.
• Criminal Investigations has solved multiple cases with the assistance of surveillance videos and our Facebook postings. In one case, a patron was threatened with a gun over a parking spot at Walmart. Two other cases involved stolen cars.
• The department wrapped up their Defensive Tactics Course. In today’s time, we believe it most Important to engage in lifelike training. We are also demoing a restraint system from Wrap Technologies that will enable staff to secure a resisting suspect in a restraint that sits them up, which prevents any possibility of positional asphyxiation. We’ve written a policy and will have several officers trained on its use. After six months in use, we will review the program to see if it was effective and something we need to implement. Last year we had at least two car doors damaged by violent suspects. We also want to ensure violent suspects are properly handled and can’t hurt themselves or others.
QUALITY OF LIFE
• Marketing efforts are focusing on our wide array of outdoor activities as CO-VID and cooler weather push more people to enjoy the outdoors.
• The first phase of the Wayfinding Signage should be complete by the end of next week and the city council approved a budget amendment to fund Phase II of the signage in this year (FY2020) budget.
• The Planning Department mailed approximately 600 flyers last Friday to promote the lots for sale in the Remington North Development. This subdivision is owned by the Kilgore Community Development Corporation.
• Planning Staff will be presenting three ordinance amendments to the development code at the Sept. 8 Council Meeting. The ordinance amendments are for the Corridor Overlay, Banners, and the Single Family Manufactured Home zoning district.
• Demo and cleanup are underway on King’s Trailer Park
• We have sent out requests for proposals for the demolition of structure at Commerce and Woodlawn.
• Final report and request for reimbursement sent to ETCOG for “Tired of Tires” Grant.
• We have started our GLOW in the Dark programming for the Fall and have over 70 participants signed up so far. GLOW in the Dark 2020 is two months of simple, fun activities designed around stress relief and well-being practices. We hope it’s that fun thing you look forward to each week and that you discover something new that really makes you glow.
• Stay tuned for our Census completion promotion during the month of September.