Sulphur Springs City Council is expected to send a request to Texas Department of Transportation for the installation of signal lights for the intersection of Hillcrest Drive (State Highway 19) and Airport Road (FM 2285) in the regular meeting Tuesday evening.
“That intersection has built up a history of some pretty bad accidents,” City Manager Marc Maxwell said. “In the interest of protecting the public and, as a result of a request, we've got an item on the agenda for the city council to ask TxDoT to study the issue.”
Maxwell said it usually takes TxDoT a couple of months to come back with results of a study.
“This is the first step,” he said. “They've got to conduct a study first before they could ever put in a signal light. The study may come back and say [a signal light] is justified or, they may come back and say it's not justified. We've seen them come back as not justified before and ended up with a signal light anyway as they did on the Arbala Road-Wildcat Way intersection.”
Maxwell said that, while it is possible for TxDoT to find signal lights are not justified at the intersection, he feels that with the accident history of the intersection, the state would find a signal light is needed.
The city council will kicking off the annual budget process in the Tuesday evening meeting.
“We do it a little different than some cities, we actually present the budget and let [council] have it for a week,” he said. “Then we come back and start discussing it.”
Maxwell said there is not much change in the city's budget from year to year.
“As a result, budgets don't change much,” he said. “We will see greater activity in capital improvements with the designing of a wastewater treatment plant and a greater effort on streets but, beyond that, it will be pretty much the same budget.”
The city manager said he anticipated the city keeping the same tax rate for the next year.
“There will be no cost of living increase for city employees,” he said. “There is no inflation to speak of.”
The city council meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Room 201 North Davis St.