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City Of Commerce Plans Complete Rebuild Of Washington Street, Including Infrastructure


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has instructed the City Manager Howdy Lisenbee to plan for a complete replacement of the infrastructure of Washington Street before resurfacing the street.

The mayor says the condition of the infrastructure — utilities including water and sewage lines — was worse than thought. The Washington Street project is part of about $6 million in capital improvements planned by the city. He says the additional money will be reallocated from other street projects. The mayor says the city is now selling bonds for the projects and because of the city's A+ bond rating, the interest rate of 3.377 was very good.

Other upcoming projects include improvements at City Park, including the installation of a splash pad, and at Ivory Moore Park.

And Mayor Williams says the council this week approved five new home construction projects on the east side of Commerce that is within the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone that receives tax and fee incentives for construction and renovation projects.

John Mark Dempsey is the host of the public interest program The Blacklands Café from KETR News. Dempsey is also the play-by-play announcer for Commerce Tigers Football on 88.9 FM and on ketr.org.
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