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.
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.
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.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering what is needed to prevent the South Sulphur River from causing floods in southeast Commerce. The mayor says a new restaurant will open soon in the former Mi Casita location. And he says, despite delays, the current street construction project is on target to be completed on schedule.
Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says, even though the emergency pick up period for limbs from last December's ice storm is over, the remaining limbs are being picked up as part of the city's regular series of curbside refuse pickups. And the mayor says he's appointed a committee to bring back the Farmers' Market on Bonham Alley in downtown Commerce.
Commerce Mayor John Ballotti says the city has been officially designated a "Go Texan Certified Retirement Community." And the mayor says the deed to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building has been transferred to Tipitina's, the New Orleans-based non-profit music organization that plans to open a facility in the old school.