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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city's tax rate for 2016-17 will likely remain the same at 82 cents per $100 in property value.  That rate will generate an additional $40,000 in revenue because of an increase in property values, the mayor says.  A public hearing on the tax rate is set for Tuesday night, September 6. On another topic, the mayor says the city received 46 applications for the city manager's job and the field has now been narrowed to three.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has hired a consulting firm to receive and review applications for city manager, and hopes to have someone hired for the job by August.  Marc Clayton recently retired, and former Pittsburg, Texas city manager Ned Muse is serving as an interim city manager.  The city's sale-tax collections are down 5 percent in June, but up 3 percent for the year.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor-elect Wyman Williams says it's important that the city continue its efforts to upgrade substandard housing or demolish dilapidated buildings.  He says those efforts, which have resulted in around 100 buildings being torn down, contribute to industrial development in the city.  Williams says he'll also be making the case to Commerce citizens, and Texas A&M-Commerce faculty, staff and students that shopping in Commerce boosts the city's tax revenue and will make Commerce a better place in which to live and work.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media served on the city of Commerce charter revision committee, and discusses the 10 charter amendments that will go before the city's voters on Saturday, May 7.  A description of the charter changes has been mailed to Commerce voters.  Early voting begins Monday, April 25.

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce businessman Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media, hopes a full slate of candidates brings more people out to vote in the city's municipal election on Saturday, May 7.  Many other Texas cities also have elections on that day.  Price laments that only 172 people voted in last year's Commerce municipal election.  Candidates in this year's election are John Sands and Wyman Williams for mayor; Becky Thompson for City Council, Place 2; and Gene Lockhar

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says it appears a tax increase won't be necessary in 2015-16, as the City Council holds its budget workshops.  The mayor says the council is considering putting a bond issue before the voters next year that would provide the fund necessary to renovate the Commerce Public Library.  What the city hopes is the first round of renovations at the Commerce Municipal Airport is nearing completion. And Friday evening, Sept.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council is considering a new set of building codes for the construction of homes in Commerce, establishing minimum standards.  The standards require homes to have exteriors made of brick, masonry or stucco, and a minimum size of 1,000 square feet, depending on the zone in which the home is built.

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City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a state softball tournament for 5-6 year old girls will be in Commerce this weekend, with a tournament for 15-16 year-old girls coming up in mid-July.  Also, the Texas Department of Transportation is replacing sidewalks and ramps in numerous locations throughout Commerce.  The mayor says a North Central Texas Council of Governments grant will also provide new sidewalks on the south side of Live Oak Street leading from the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus to downtown Commerce.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says an improvement project at Commerce Municipal Airport is expected to begin around July 1.  The project includes repairs to the runway, and the installation of runway lights that can be controlled by incoming pilots.  The city has a grant for the project from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The mayor says the city hopes to get another grant in the near future to extend the runway so that jets can land at the airport, located on Highway 50 north of Commerce. 

City of Commerce
City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses new sidewalk projects in the city, one conducted by the state Department of Transportation on Culver Street, and the other in downtown Commerce from Caddo Street to Bonham Street, funded by the city.  The mayor also discusses the opening of the new Laredo's Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown Commerce, and plans for an amphitheater north of the Farmer's Market location on Bonham Alley.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a marketing project undertaken by Texas A&M University-Commerce to improve the city's appeal to students.  The mayor also discusses the grant the city is seeking for a skateboard park, along with "disk golf" and walking trails.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway.  The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend.  And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.

John Ballotti resigned his position as Mayor of Commerce on Nov. 4.
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Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says, now that the state has cleared the way, long-awaited work on paving Monroe Street north of Live Oak is beginning.  And the mayor says the work is progressing on the Black Angus Grill, a steak restaurant going into the former Mi Casita location in the Live Oak Street shopping center.

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