Workshop to address how to spend $3 million on streets

Commerce – Commerce Mayor elect Quay Throgmorton and Council members elect Billie Biggerstaff and Bob Monday are to be sworn in next Tuesday. Commerce voters also Saturday gave approval to a $3 million bond toward street and utility improvements. According to Interim City Manager Marc Clayton, following Tuesday's ceremonies a workshop will be scheduled for next month to bring all new members up to speed.

That workshop will include discussion on how to go about spending those bond moneys on streets. Clayton says the current council has discussed hiring a firm to conduct a drainage study. He says it would be wise to know the extent of the city's drainage issue before proceeding with street repair, but notes it will however be the new council's decision. The study is estimated to take about six months, and would cost the city between $75,000 and $100,000.