Gilmer looks to area cities for street work

Published on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:56 - Written by PHILLIP WILLIAMS Special Correspondent

GILMER — The Gilmer City Council meets in special session on Tuesday to consider “authorizing the development of an interlocal agreement with neighboring cities” to obtain street improvements.

City Manager Jeff Ellington said Wednesday he was at a city managers’ meeting in Carthage on Friday when Gladewater City Manager Sean Pate broached the possibility of area cities making such an agreement. By doing so, “you should be able to get better prices,” 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 “I have no idea at this point if any of the other cities will be interested.”

He said he heard the idea too late to put the matter on the agenda for last Tuesday’s Gilmer City Council meeting, “so we’re gonna have this short meeting” at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss it.”

Pate is interested in seal coating rather than an asphalt overlay, said Ellington, who described seal coating as “kind of an oil asphalt lay” with rock on it.

Although Gilmer has some seal-coated streets, Ellington said, “We haven’t done anything like that” in the nearly 10 years he has been city manager. “It’s very common to do it on streets that are not heavily traveled,” he added.