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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone that is being declared east of Park Street between Maple and Bishop Streets, providing tax incentives for home owners to renovoate their homes.  And the mayor says the city of Commerce recieved a check worth more than $500,000 from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District this week, as the result of renegotiating a contract with the water district.  The city agreed to make a change in a flaw in the contract that was unfavorable

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Commerce Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Lockhart says leaders of the city of Commerce, the Commerce ISD and Texas A&M University-Commerce will gather at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for a "State of the City" event at City Hall.  The status of various on-going programs will be presented.  Also, Gene says the City Council is planning for a street assessment program that will ascertain the needs of the city's streets.

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Commerce Mayor-Pro Tem Gene Lockhart and City Manager Darrek Farrell say the council hopes to create an "enterprise zone" that would allow the city collect all of the local taxes from a new hotel or motel.   They say State Representative Dan Flynn has agreed to sponsor legislation that would enable the enterprise zone. Otherwise, the city is acquiring new body cameras for members of the police department. 

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council is considering promoting economic development through "opportunity zones" allowed under the federal tax law.  Individuals with capital gains would be able to reinvest in the community in return for tax considerations.  The council discussed some possible opportunity-zone projects in executive session Tuesday.  The mayor says the council approved a conditional-use permit req

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says six candidates are running for the seat on the council vacated by John Weatherford in a special election on Saturday, January 12.  Candidates are Judy Fane, Ray Hunter, Brian McGinley, Conner Moreno, Stephanie Muller and John Sands.  Early voting is Decembe

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams explains the city's budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year.  The city council held a hearing on the tax rate Tuesday night.  The rate is expected to remain at 82 cents per $100 property value, but revenues to the city will increase because of higher property values.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams has filed to run for a second two-year term in the Saturday, May 5 election.  The mayor says he hopes to continue working with the University to bring improvements to the community.  Wyman also discusses the 45% increase in sales tax revenue in the month of December, which he attributes mainly to the near-sellout playoff football game between A&M-Commerce and Harding University on Dec.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says a committee of local citizens will begin interviewing a pool of about 30 candidates for the position of police chief soon.  He says he's pleased with the candidates, who are from many places around the country.  The mayor says the Commerce Public Library has received a $22,000 grant to begin digitizing issues of the Commerce Journal dating back to 1901.  And he says the city council has endorsed the

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city has a deal with Toole Design and Ian Lockwood, the person behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Lockwood and his team will be in Commerce July 10-13 and August 7-10 to meet with citizens and to formulate a comprehensive plan for the city.  Texas A&M University-Commerce is participating in the effort.  On another topic, the city is looking for a finance director to replace Brady Olson, who has left for another position.

The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.
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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council recently met in executive session with the Toole Design Group, a city planning organization that was behind the renewal of downtown Sulphur Springs.  Ian Lockwood, the planner who worked with Sulphur Springs on the project, was one of those meeting with the City Council.  Toole will come back to the City Council with a proposal for Commerce at a date in the near future.  The mayor says Dr.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says he is impressed with 29-year-old Darrek Ferrell, the new Commerce city manager.  He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M, and has served as assistant city manager in McKinney, and most recently, as city administrator and economic development director for the city of Mount Vernon.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city's tax rate for 2016-17 will likely remain the same at 82 cents per $100 in property value.  That rate will generate an additional $40,000 in revenue because of an increase in property values, the mayor says.  A public hearing on the tax rate is set for Tuesday night, September 6. On another topic, the mayor says the city received 46 applications for the city manager's job and the field has now been narrowed to three.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has hired a consulting firm to receive and review applications for city manager, and hopes to have someone hired for the job by August.  Marc Clayton recently retired, and former Pittsburg, Texas city manager Ned Muse is serving as an interim city manager.  The city's sale-tax collections are down 5 percent in June, but up 3 percent for the year.

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Commerce mayor-elect Wyman Williams says it's important that the city continue its efforts to upgrade substandard housing or demolish dilapidated buildings.  He says those efforts, which have resulted in around 100 buildings being torn down, contribute to industrial development in the city.  Williams says he'll also be making the case to Commerce citizens, and Texas A&M-Commerce faculty, staff and students that shopping in Commerce boosts the city's tax revenue and will make Commerce a better place in which to live and work.

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media served on the city of Commerce charter revision committee, and discusses the 10 charter amendments that will go before the city's voters on Saturday, May 7.  A description of the charter changes has been mailed to Commerce voters.  Early voting begins Monday, April 25.

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Commerce businessman Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media, hopes a full slate of candidates brings more people out to vote in the city's municipal election on Saturday, May 7.  Many other Texas cities also have elections on that day.  Price laments that only 172 people voted in last year's Commerce municipal election.  Candidates in this year's election are John Sands and Wyman Williams for mayor; Becky Thompson for City Council, Place 2; and Gene Lockhar

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says it appears a tax increase won't be necessary in 2015-16, as the City Council holds its budget workshops.  The mayor says the council is considering putting a bond issue before the voters next year that would provide the fund necessary to renovate the Commerce Public Library.  What the city hopes is the first round of renovations at the Commerce Municipal Airport is nearing completion. And Friday evening, Sept.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and the city's tourism and events coordinator Sherry Johnson announce that the Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure, a trail riding event with horses, will take place south of Commerce at the Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council is considering a new set of building codes for the construction of homes in Commerce, establishing minimum standards.  The standards require homes to have exteriors made of brick, masonry or stucco, and a minimum size of 1,000 square feet, depending on the zone in which the home is built.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says a state softball tournament for 5-6 year old girls will be in Commerce this weekend, with a tournament for 15-16 year-old girls coming up in mid-July.  Also, the Texas Department of Transportation is replacing sidewalks and ramps in numerous locations throughout Commerce.  The mayor says a North Central Texas Council of Governments grant will also provide new sidewalks on the south side of Live Oak Street leading from the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus to downtown Commerce.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says an improvement project at Commerce Municipal Airport is expected to begin around July 1.  The project includes repairs to the runway, and the installation of runway lights that can be controlled by incoming pilots.  The city has a grant for the project from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The mayor says the city hopes to get another grant in the near future to extend the runway so that jets can land at the airport, located on Highway 50 north of Commerce. 

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses new sidewalk projects in the city, one conducted by the state Department of Transportation on Culver Street, and the other in downtown Commerce from Caddo Street to Bonham Street, funded by the city.  The mayor also discusses the opening of the new Laredo's Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown Commerce, and plans for an amphitheater north of the Farmer's Market location on Bonham Alley.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a marketing project undertaken by Texas A&M University-Commerce to improve the city's appeal to students.  The mayor also discusses the grant the city is seeking for a skateboard park, along with "disk golf" and walking trails.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the long-running city street improvement project is nearing its completion, with the last phase on West Neal Street south of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus well underway.  The mayor says the dedication of a memorial at the Gen. Claire Chennault house on Monroe Street has been delayed until March, when TAMU System Chancellor John Sharp can attend.  And Mayor Ballotti says a Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in the downtown building most recently occupied by Buck's Barbecue.

John Ballotti resigned his position as Mayor of Commerce on Nov. 4.
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Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says, now that the state has cleared the way, long-awaited work on paving Monroe Street north of Live Oak is beginning.  And the mayor says the work is progressing on the Black Angus Grill, a steak restaurant going into the former Mi Casita location in the Live Oak Street shopping center.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses the murals now being created in downtown Commerce, the consideration of a children's splash park or other options for downtown, and the upcoming Dixie Youth Softball girls' state tournaments coming up July 11-12.

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says Adams Engineering will report Thursday on a feasibility study for a U.S.