Projects discussed at city meeting

Various projects were discussed as part of the City Manager's report given by Eddie Brown during Tuesday's City Commission meeting.TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) plans to re-stripe Broadway, which will cause the east-bound left lane to become a left turning lane onto Loop 1544. Thus, the right-hand, west-bound traffic on Broadway will turn right onto Loop 1544.In addition, Broadway will be lighted through the intersections of Loop 1544 and CR 141 as part of the project. This particular area, near Sheri's Texas Tattoo, has been discussed by several leaders within the city with TxDOT for some time, and the re-striping and lighting will be necessary as truck traffic increases in the area.City staff is currently working on the construction contract with Ratcliff Constructors for the new police station. All parties involved are eager for the project to get started.In addition, bids for the relocation of water lines in the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way should be opened at the April 8 meeting of the City Commission. There is a slight possibility that this item could be considered at the March meeting, but the deadline to complete the project has been set for September.However, it was noted that McDonald Companies will not be going forward with the proposed senior housing project at this time, due to some housing credits. The company may come back to the city with the proposed project--which was expected to be established near the Mustang Heights apartment complex--at a later date. The report also noted that on February 15, the city will make bond interest payments totaling $273,716.25. Additionally, the city's sales tax for the first four months of the fiscal year has increased 11.70% over the same time last year, which is an increase of $88,212 and proves to be a good sign of sales activity.Furthermore, as of January 31, the city has collected $1,527,281 in property taxes, or 80.09% of assessed taxes. This number compares to the 82.28% of assessed taxes collected in the prior year, or $1,610,322.