By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – Watering restrictions have been lifted in Commerce. The City Council voted to rescind all watering restrictions in regular session last night. Recent rains have elevated the levels of Lake Tawakoni to near normal, including rising nearly four feet in the past few weeks. City Manager Bill Shipp.
SHIPP: For us, the real big issue is can we keep our large pump in the water during the time when there might be heavy watering. That gives us plenty of room for the large pump to operate this summer.
In other action, there will be two less traffic lights along Live Oak Street in Commerce soon. The council voted to accept TxDoT's recommendation to shut down traffic lights at Live Oak and Monroe and Live Oak and Washington. Those lights will be bagged soon with 4-way stops put up for about 90 days to allow public input.
The green light was also given to begin the process of building a scenic plaza and stage across from City Hall. Preliminary drawings for that can be found on the city's website at www.commerce-tx.com.
Also, plans were discussed to have Commerce named a certified retirement community, with hopes of attracting retirees to town