Mayor John Ballotti

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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's Norris Community will hold a reunion Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.  Ivory Moore park is the location for the Norris Community Reunion. This is an event sponsored by Alliance Bank, the Commerce Community Action Program, the City of Commerce-Tourism & Events, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The day starts at noon with Fun in the Park for families & kids. At 6 p.m., Alliance Bank will grill hamburgers and hot dogs.

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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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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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The mayor of Commerce, Dr. John Ballotti, says the city is close to landing a new industry thanks to the efforts of the Economic Development Committee, led by Bonnie Hunter.  The industry, Polara Engineering, is based in California and is a maker of traffic-light switches among other products.

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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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Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city will soon submit a state grant application for construction of the long-discussed skateboard park, and he's optimistic the grant will be approved.  Also, the city will again host girls state softball tournaments this summer at the much-improved Eddie Moore Sports Complex, and the city has begun filling in the municipal swimming pool, which was in need of major repairs.

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City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the purpose of the city council's recent action of imposing fees for the regular inspection of apartments and rental homes is aimed at safety and beautification, through demolition of substandard housing.  The mayor says the city's rental property inspection procedure will likely continue to change as property owners and the city continue to communicate with each other.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the current campaign of demolishing substandard houses will be organized in regions, corresponding to the city's regular curbside pickup schedule for debris.  And the mayor says a state/federal program will fund the construction of three new houses in Commerce.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council will discuss in January the option of using sales taxes to pay for a repair of the city pool or a new splash park, or neither project.  Commerce is a Type A sales tax city.  Type A sales taxes may be used for recreational projects, if the voters approve, the mayor says.

Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon.  Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed.  Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has developed a localized page of information on the Ebola crisis.  And the mayor says the popular "Halloween on the Square" event will be on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council has decided a tax increase won't be necessary in fiscal year 2014-15, and city employees will see a pay increase.  The mayor says a committee has been formed to study installing fountains in downtown Commerce in the open area next to the new Dr Pepper mural.  Also, the mayor says the current Monroe Street paving project south of Live Oak Street should be complete in mid-September.

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