I would like to take this opportunity to welcome students, faculty and staff of both the Stephenville ISD and Tarleton State University. If you are returning, welcome back. If this is your first year here, welcome to the greatest city in the state of Texas! Each month in Mayor’s Corner, I will provide updates from city council meetings as well as project updates from around our city. As always, city council meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our next business meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in city council chambers.

There is much excitement around town regarding the new Bosque River Trail, an 8,000 linear foot, lighted, concrete hike and bike trail. Due to an unusually wet summer resulting in a slight delay, the finishing touches are just now being put on this project. All concrete work has been completed, lights and trail markings have been installed and landscaping should be finished before long. With the weather finally cooling down, I invite you to take a stroll or bike ride along this wonderful addition to our city. Please remember that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.

Labor Day weekend will be the final weekend for swimmers to enjoy Splashville for the 2010 season. Visitors to the water park during the first full season of operation have been numerous. With the last click of the turnstile it is anticipated that 35,000 swimmers enjoyed cooling off at Splashville this summer alone. While the majority of swimmers took advantage of daytime admission, a great many preferred twilight swimming. Many of the programs offered at Splashville include water aerobics, swimming lessons, fitness walking, movie in the park and birthday and private parties. It is apparent that Splashville has been an overwhelming success thanks to the patronage not only of Erath County residents but surrounding counties as well. The record numbers of people that came to Stephenville this year is only a sign of things to come.

Earlier this year, tremendous improvements were made to the intersection of Frey Street and Harbin Drive. As part of the 2009 Capital Improvement Project, which included the installation of sidewalks on Frey Street, a concrete surface was installed, along with curbs, gutters and sidewalk ramps. In June of this year warranty work was done on the intersection. The final touches, which include pavement markings and reflector buttons will be completed within the next two weeks. Expect short delays in crossing this intersection as temporary lane closures are necessary.

Anyone traveling Long Street between Lillian Street and Alexander Road in recent years has been sure to notice an uneven surface. The city of Stephenville has been aggressively repairing this road in order to provide a smoother passage. Improvements to Long Street between Lillian Street and the railroad crossing have been completed. Repairs to Long Street are continuing from the railroad crossing to Alexander Road. Utility lines were replaced during the summer while curbs and gutters are expected to be installed within the next two weeks. Following these improvements, the road will be temporarily closed in order to pave the surface. All improvements to this section of Long Street are expected to be completed by the end of September. In addition, Ollie Street between Frey and Jones Street will be paved during this time. We will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience this may cause.