The Texarkana, Texas City Council will hold a public hearing Monday evening on the location of a gateway monument welcome sign to match the new one on the Arkansas side.
According to the council briefing packet the sign is planned to be located at the Kings Highway exit on eastbound Interstate 30.
According to the packet city staff have met with Doug Bowers, City Manager of Nash, and explained the council’s desire to possibly locate a gateway monument welcome sign at the Kings Highway exit east bound on Interstate 30. “Bowers was agreeable to this location, and stated that the City of Nash would locate a sign further west on Interstate 30 in the future, before the Kings Highway Exit, so travelers would not miss the Nash exit.”
The council will also be briefed on a resolution to purchase of a new radio system from Motorola Solutions through an inter-local agreement through the Houston-Galveston
Area Council for $1,115,000. A previous resolution to purchase a new system along with a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system for $7,969,078.00 was voted down by the council earlier this year.
As a further cost saving measure, older radios will be updated to work on the new system instead of purchasing new radios.
The council will also discuss options for covering a $220,000 expected budget shortfall for the Hotel Occupant Tax Fund due to flat revenue projections for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Options include an additional 2% tax on Texas-side hotel rooms or a 80 percent cut in funding to agencies supported by the fund.
Agencies receiving funds from the tax include T.R.A.H.C, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Four Stats Fair, Leadership Texarkana, TC Rising Star Open, Main Street Texarkana, and the Texarkana Museum System.