GILMER â€” The Gilmer City Council meets in special session on Tuesday to consider â€śauthorizing the development of an interlocal agreement with neighboring citiesâ€ť to obtain street improvements.
City Manager Jeff Ellington said Wednesday he was at a city managersâ€™ meeting in Carthage on Friday when Gladewater City Manager Sean Pate broached the possibility of area cities making such an agreement. By doing so, â€śyou should be able to get better prices,â€ť Ellington said.
Pate has talked to an engineering firm, said Ellington, but the Gilmer official said he told the Gladewater city manager and the firm that he could not say whether the city of Gilmer would be interested until the council met.
Ellington also said he understood the engineering firm is contacting the cities of White Oak and Kilgore, but â€śI have no idea at this point if any of the other cities will be interested.â€ť
He said he heard the idea too late to put the matter on the agenda for last Tuesdayâ€™s Gilmer City Council meeting, â€śso weâ€™re gonna have this short meetingâ€ť at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss it.â€ť
Pate is interested in seal coating rather than an asphalt overlay, said Ellington, who described seal coating as â€śkind of an oil asphalt layâ€ť with rock on it.
Although Gilmer has some seal-coated streets, Ellington said, â€śWe havenâ€™t done anything like thatâ€ť in the nearly 10 years he has been city manager. â€śItâ€™s very common to do it on streets that are not heavily traveled,â€ť he added.