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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a postive audit report at this week's meeting, and voted to create a new building-inspector position because of the increasing in construction activity in the city.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Commerce City Council this week approved another Neighborhood Empowerment Zone, this one on Hickory Street, providing a tax break for the construction of new mutli-family housing units.  Several such zones have been approved in the city for residential and commercial building projects.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has completed plans for major improvements to the city's water and wastewater treatment plants. Also, the council has finalized plans for a dog park adjacent to the City Park at the corner of Park and Maple Streets.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Willimas says not only should citizens conserve electricity as much as they can to minimize the rolling blackouts, he says it's also important to save water, because the city would be put in a difficult position if a major fire had to be put out.  And so, he also warns citizens to be careful not to use hazardous methods of heating their homes, overusing extension cords or using gas cooking stoves for heating.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council met together in the council chambers for the first time since last March Tuesday night, and City Hall is now partially open for meetings by appointment.  The council this week has a further discussion about possbly using hotel occupancy taxes, as allowed by the state of Texas, to build a hotel and convention center on Texas A&M-Commerce property south of the CVS pharmacy.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has approved a notice of intent to issue Certificates of Obligation and other actions to prepare for up to $3.5 million in street improvements and rehabilitation of the city's water and wastewater plant.  The mayor says the projects are possible because the city has retired other debt and is a very good financial position.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council this week passed a tax incentive plan that should be the final action necessary to bring the Chinese company Huaru to Commerce.  Huaru will manufacture plastic pipe in the old Zurn building on Highway 11, on the east side of the city.  The tax incentive plan will extend over 10 years, the mayor says.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council will consider a tax-abatement agreement in a special meeting tonight (October 22) for Huaru Group Holding, Inc. to open a manufacturing facility in the former Zurn Industries building at 116 Maple St. in Commerce.  Plastic pipe would be produced in the facility. The council will also consider a conditional-use permit to allow an expansion of the Fix and Feed store at 2500 Mangum St.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report from Acting City Manager Ned Muse that the city actually saw an increase in sales-tax and property tax revenue during the 2019-20 fiscal year, just ended, despite the coronavirus lockdowns.  One reason is a new state law that allows cities to receive sales taxes from online purchases. 

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Wyman Williams, Commerce mayor, says Atmos Energy, which provides natural gas to Commerce, will be "flaring" lines on West Live Oak Street near the Ben E.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says city revenues from sales taxes and property taxes are holding up pretty well during the coronavirus crisis.  The mayor says the city got a good audit report recently, that will help in the recruitment of new city manager.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city will take the lead of Gov. Greg Abbott and the Hunt County Commissioners Court as local businesses prepare to reopen after the coronavirus shut down.  The mayor says he agrees with the cautious approach shown by the state and the county in returning to work.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says when the City Council meets next month on April 15, they expect to meet by video if the coronavirus situation is still the same.  The city is developing the capability to conduct a video-conference meeting, which is permissable by law if the public can participate, the mayor says.  The council met this week and received a report on how Hunt Regional Healthcare is dealing with the disease outbreak.  The mayor says

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city wants Texas A&M-Commerce students to give Commerce as their place of residence in the upcoming U.S.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has employed a search firm to find the next city manager.  Darrek Ferrell recently left for to become an assistant city manager with the city of Victoria, and retired city manager Ned Muse of Pittsburg is serving on an interim basis for a second time.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the council discussed the financing of about $90,000 in improvements to the Commerce Animal Shelter in a special meeting this week.  The walls of the shelter are in need of repair to prevent wild animals from getting in.  The council approved changed to the Drought Contingency Plan, allowing for penalties to be imposed for violations.

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Wyman Williams, mayor of Commerce, says the City Council received an updated report on Texas A&M-Commerce's 20-year master plan this week.  The mayor says two things discussed included further retail development on University property south of the CVS Pharmacy on Highway 24, and the proposed move of the Access and Success Center to the intersection of Culver and Bois D'Arc Street

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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 Wyman Williams says the council will be holding meetings over the next several weeks to receive public comments on the proposed "neighborhood empowerment zones," intended to encourage improvements in some Commerce neighborhoods.  The public meetings will be Tuesday, July 23, at the Abundant Life Assembly, 803 Chestnut St.; Tuesday, July 30, at Commerce City Hall; and Tuesday, August 13 at the Norris Community Center, 1007 Ross St., all at 6 p.m.  Also, a new state law allows tax incentives that m

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report this week from Atmos Energy on the replacement of metal natural gas lines with more durable heavy plastic lines. The replacement of the lines will take several years, the mayor says.  Also, Mayor Williams says the City Council deadlocked on a proposal for adopting a digital system for assessing the city's streets, and so that proposal will not go forward as of now.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city council is considering the creation of "neighborhood empowerment zones" on the east side of the city that would encourage the renovation of homes and new home construction.  This is in addition to the "opportunity zone" created by the 2017 federal tax law that provides tax incentives for business development in Commerce and many other rural communities.

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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 says the City Council has approved a contract to expand Centennial Park.  About 13 acres will be added to the north side of the 30 acre park, including a skate park and walking/jogging path. The cost will be about $150 thousand but the city received about half of that amount in grants, the mayor says.  Also, Wyman says the council passed a resolution of support for Lake Ralph Hall, to be built in Fannin County within 12 miles of Commerce, after receiving a report from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams reports the Fire Department has received a $122,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve training and readiness.  And the mayor says, because property values have increased, revenue to the city has increased, while the tax rate has remained the same, making a 3% across-the-board salary increase for city employees possible.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for highway improvements in Commerce under the county highway program approved by voters in 2016.  A loop around Commerce and a pedestrian bridge over Highway 24 are no longer in the plans, but rather the plans include two roundabouts on 24 that would slow traffic passing by Texas A&M-Commerce.  Culver Street would be narrowed from five to three lanes and made more p

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council honored retiring Hydro Aluminum manager Tom Etzkorn at its meeting this week, making July 17 "Tom Etzkorn Day" in the city.  The mayor says Hydroalumnium recently completed a $10 million dollar expansion and has 64 employees.  Hydroalumnium recycles and resells scrap aluminum for products such as door frames and car bumpers.  The recent expans

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says crews are tearing up the south side of Live Oak Street to build new sidewalks (in some places on Live Oak, sidewalks have not existed before).  The work is being paid for with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, and is the beginning of the city's revitalization plan,    called "Reimigine Commerce," developed last year in consultation with the Toole Design Group.  The city and Texas 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.

Commerce water services have returned to normal, the city announced on Feb. 25.
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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams, in the later part of this conversation, says the city has received another positive report on its water supply, and if it gets two more good reports, will no longer be required to send out the warning notices to water users.  The mayor says the city has devised a way to flush a little-used water line periodically, and that has improved the overall quality of the water.  Mayor Williams also discusses the tentative plans for the Northeast T

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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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