The Sherman City Council held a brief, regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night, during which the group received an update on the Loy Lake Bridge project, which is slated to begin in the coming weeks. The update came as part of the Council’s approval of city staff’s request to advertise bids for the project.
“This is the long-anticipated Loy Lake Bridge and road project; it’s a public-private partnership between the city of Sherman, United Commercial Realty and TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation),” said Public Works and Engineering Director Clay Barnett, who explained that the city will pay for approximately $400,000 of the $6.3 million project cost. “(TxDOT) is having a pre-construction meeting this Wednesday, and construction on the bridge should commence a couple weeks after that.”
In other business, the Council approved a pair of changes to the city’s ambulance service. The Council passed an ordinance that alters the city’s Ambulance Service Code to permit licensed, private providers to pick up non-emergency patients. Formerly, those providers had to be franchised by the city.
“(Franchising) is pretty arduous for how those companies … come in to do business,” said Sherman Fire Chief J.J. Jones. “This allows us to make sure the personnel and the vehicles, permitted by the state, are providing the very best services to our citizens.”
The second change approved by the Council was designed to improve flexibility in ambulance billings, allowing city staff to update lists of medication without changing local code provisions. The tweak purportedly will create higher efficiency in the billing process.
“Rather than come back to Council every time we have one of those minor adjustments, we propose allowing the city manager and finance department … to approve those changes,” said Jones.
To begin the meeting, Deputy Mayor Robert Softly read a resolution honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., placing a special emphasis on the civil rights leader’s record of service.