The Stephenville city council met three times in February, including our regular business meeting, executive session and a committee work session. With the exception of executive sessions, all meetings are open to the public. The regular business meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers and can also be viewed on local cable channels.
I am pleased to report that another section of our Storm Water Drainage project has been completed. Clinton Street between Washington and Tarleton streets has reopened. In addition to improving the city’s drainage challenges, Clinton Street has been repaved and new curbs and gutters have been installed. This second phase of the Storm Water Drainage project continues its path along Sloan and Ollie Streets. Within the next month, Ollie Street will be closed for several months between Sloan and Jones Streets. The city is working with the school district to provide a safe alternative route to and from Hook Elementary during construction.
The Texas Department of Transportation continues working on the Ollie thoroughfare. Upon completion, residents will have another way to travel from the north side of town to the south. The newest section of this road, between Washington and Tarleton Streets is scheduled to be paved within 30-45 days. This area is planned to be opened April 15. The new road links together four existing roads. In order to clear up jurisdictional confusion, Mary Avenue, Alexander Road and FM 914 have been renamed South Ollie Avenue.
The aquatic complex has been under construction for eight weeks. Passersby are able to watch the progress from the South Loop and Graham Street. The project is on schedule and is slated to open mid to late summer. Upon completion, the complex will be able to accommodate 600 people.
The city council passed a resolution renaming Clark Field Municipal Airport to Stephenville Clark Regional Airport. As the airport continues to develop, the city would be better served having “Stephenville” in the name. Ours is the only city in the United States with the name “Stephenville,” thereby ensuring its unmistakable identity. The airport was opened in 1962 and named for former Mayor Henry Clark. Mayor Clark’s 40 years of dedication to the city will continue to be honored in this way.
Our dry, warm weather and high winds have put us in a serious wildfire situation. Recently, property and businesses have been threatened by grass fires. Please take a moment to access www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for tips on fire prevention provided by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management. Please observe burn ban announcements issued by local governments.
Nancy Hunter is the mayor of Stephenville. Her column, The Mayor’s Corner, appears monthly.