When City Manager Lloyd Merrell came to Sealy a year ago, one of the first things he wanted to do was make downtown safer and more attractive.
Although the city council shot down his plan to remove center parking on Main Street, it is behind him in his desire to install railings along sidewalks that are high above street level. Citing numerous injuries due to people falling off the sidewalks, some of which are more than 18 inches above the street, Merrell proposed and gained a lot of community support for the railings.
A crew from Double M Fencing has been busy welding together pieces of the railing along Fowlkes Street and will eventually move to Main Street.
Merrell said it is all being done without taxpayer expense.
“Toyota, Sika, Hailiang, and Austin County State Bank are funding the railings,” Merrell said at the Feb. 4 city council meeting. “Those folks stepped up to make downtown safer.”
He said the four companies contributed $10,000 for the project.