At the Jan. 22 Sealy City Council meeting, City Manager Lloyd Merrell reported the following:
Update on the Main Street program – The city is on probation status. Debra Drescher, state coordinator of the Texas Main Street program, is willing to work with Sealy’s Main Street board.
“She’s recommending that the Main Street board do a survey of the community to find out what they want,” Merrell said. “That will be starting in the next month or so. We’re going to have to take a serious look at where we’re going with that program. If we’re going to have a Main Street program, we’re going to have to get some funding for it.”
Merrell said he’s asked the Economic Development Corp. to assist with funding options.
The program costs about $96,000 per year and allows the city to apply for grant funding and work under the umbrella of the Texas Historical Commission.
Removal of median on Main Street – Merrell noted that the council discussed the median about a month ago. It has been the subject of several accidents because motorists don’t know it’s there or have difficulty seeing it, city officials have said. While there were some issues in securing insurance money, the city opted to remove the median Jan. 23.
Walking trails at B&PW Park – A concrete truck is at the park working on the area.
I-10 expansion – Merrell said he signed off on some title commitments which should be the last step in the process.
Policies and procedures manual – City Attorney Tim Kirwin has asked for an extension to Feb. 22 to revise the manual.
Merrell was recognized for his first full year on the job as Sealy’s city manager.