A collection of items from the desk of Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck and his bi-weekly report from July.

UPCOMING EVENTS

■ Saturday, July 25: Kilgore Community Blood Drive at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 713 Florey St. 8:00am –12:30pm

■ Saturday, July 25: Kilgore Cruise Night downtown, hosted by Kilgore Mercantile and Music, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

■ Tuesday, July 28: Regular city council meeting, 5:30 p.m.

■ August 11: City council workshop 5:30 p.m.

PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS

■ The E4 Friendship Playground at Harris Street Park has been moving along. with prep work before the July 27 equipment installation.

■ The Aspen Street, Spruce Street, and Crescent Drive mill and overlay started this week. Milling and base repairs will be completed by Friday and asphalt paving will be completed next week.

■ Maintenance upgraded lighting at the old baseball field restroom to LED and repaired a leaky faucet.

■ The “Welcome to Kilgore” sign on Hwy 42 South now has power.

■ Completed city fire extinguisher annual inspections with G3 safety.

■ Replaced several old toilets at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center with new water efficient models.

■ Marked water bill drop-box at Kilgore City Hall to help customers identify the proper slot to place their bill.

■ Completed 83rd Energy Weldfab Meadowbrook Classic Golf Tournament.

■ Met with families to accommodate their needs for burial plots at Danville Cemetery and transferred ownership of lots in City Cemetery.

PUBLIC SAFETY

■ Officer Angela Burch was recognized by the city council for 25 years of dedicated service to Kilgore.

■ Our Drug Enforcement Task Force Officer and his group conducted a search and arrest warrant in Kilgore on a known methamphetamine dealer.

■ Our SRO’s put on a well-attended movie night in the park to support KBAD (Kilgore Bulldogs Against Drugs).

■ With the recent purchase of a surveillance trailer, we repurposed the old trailer into a crime scene trailer to be used at Crime Scenes and fatal vehicle crash scenes. Officer Daniel Morgan was in charge of the project, cleaning it up, having it renovated and having the city shop give it a fresh coat of paint. The vehicle’s generator and fuel system were updated which will allow staff to have power in remote areas and deploy on-scene lighting.

■ The Kilgore Fire Department will be assisting with COVID-19 anti-body testing at the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Emergency Center every Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. until 7.

■ Fire Station #3 remodel is on schedule to start at the end of July. This will focus on the sleeping quarters and bathrooms to bring them to ADA compliance.

QUALITY OF LIFE

■ Freese and Nichols will be meeting with the Main Street Advisory Board on Tuesday, July 21 to give a presentation on the draft of the downtown master plan.

■ Kilgore Mercantile and Music, along with the Lonestar Lug Nuts will be hosting the Kilgore Cruise Night in Historic Downtown Kilgore this Saturday, July 25 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

■ Instead of a town hall meeting to present the draft master plan and receive feedback, staff is working with Freese and Nichols on 3 separate videos with a survey component to push out to the public to receive feedback on the draft plan.

■ The Planning and Zoning Board held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15 and recommended approval on the city initiated zoning request for the property located on Myrtle and Thompson Street. The property is currently zoned Apartment District (A) and is requested to be zoned to Single-Family Residential District (R2).

The request will be brought to the City Council at the July 28 City Council Meeting.

Also, the staff is still looking for volunteers to serve on both the Planning and Zoning Board and the ZBA/ICC Board. Anyone interested should please contact Carol Windham at carol.windham@cityofkilgore.com or by phone at (903) 988-4113.

■ Demolitions are nearly complete at King’s Trailer Park and the surrounding buildings have been removed.

■ Asbestos surveys are complete for the storm-damaged building at the corner of Commerce and Woodlawn. Demo is being scheduled.

■ Dye test was performed at the pool prior to draining to determine water flow for chlorine.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

■ Since early May, the library has had over 2,000 personal visits and approximately 1,400 checkouts of OverDrive eBooks and digital audiobooks.

■ Over 50 patrons have participated in our Dragon Egg Scavenger hung around the library that we have had going since July 9th.

■ Summer Reading Program ends this Friday, July 24.

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