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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

Toole Design Group

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams comments on the meetings beginning today (July 10) with Ian Lockwood and other representatives of the Toole Design Group.  Lockwood is the primary designer behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs. Public meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p. m.

Delta Oasis Inc. is the first solar farm in Delta County.
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In a pasture filled with milk weeds and wild flowers something even more green lines the landscape of the farm on Farm-to-Market 71. The inauguration of the Delta Oasis Inc. was held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 – a dream of Suzanne and Yogi Patel.

“They helped make our impossible dream possible,” said Suzanne Patel standing before a large welcoming crowd on the 1 Solar Solution company. “God works in mysterious ways. Last fall we started thinking solar. I wanted a solar farm but I had no idea how I was going to get one – not a clue. God hears our prayers.” She offered a prayer dedicating this field and this project.

City Manager Darrek Ferrell, attorney Julia Gannaway and Mayor Wyman Williams presented to attendees at the June 26 meeting.
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City of Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews will resign and accept an administrative job with the City of Commerce, city officials announced Monday evening.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams and Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman discuss the results of a series of 17 community meetings attracting a combined attendance of 1,600.  The concluding meeting took place Tuesday, February 7, and resulted in 11 initiatives, mostly aimed at improving education and reducing poverty in Commerce.  A website, Commercetogether.com,  has been launched  detailing the plans.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the state of Texas is installing stop lights at the Highway 24 and Culver Street student crossings.  Students will be able to push a button, and a light will turn red, stopping traffic while the student crosses.  The mayor also discusses recent planning meetings involving the Commerce ISD, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, and progress on the proposed faculty housing development in the neighborhood south of the campus.

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
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Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too.

The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck.

Hear the full program here. A transcript follows.

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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 disposition of the Caddo Street house where city housing inspector Michael "Pee Wee" Walker was murdered in 2005 will probably be decided in November.  The city ordered the house to be demolished, but it has sold, and a judge will decide if the prospective new owner will be have a chance to rescue the house, or if it will indeed be torn down.  Wyman also discusses the new management of the city animal shelter and the search for a new city manager.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams relates the history of Commerce, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city. 

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

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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The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
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.

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Wyman Williams, Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer, says new high-tech developments in cars for this year include Ford refining the ability of self-driving cars to drive on the ice, and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt reportedly being able to go 200 miles between charges.

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