Folks in Burkburnett will be seeing some major changes in coming months. Several projects are set to begin; one in just days.
Equipment is already in place along I-44 in Burk to begin a $500,000 sewer line project. City leaders hope this infrastructure development, along with a TIF zone approved by city commissioners last year, will entice new business and industry to the area.
Burk's familiar orange water tower is also getting a facelift. In addition to adding some fresh paint, crews must abate the chipping, lead-based paint already there.
Plans are also moving forward on two exploratory wells. The hope is to replace many of the city's 64 shallow water pumps with two large ones. That, said Interim City Manager Don Ives, could save the city a lot of money.
Finally, the city will be performing between $300,000 and $400,000 worth of improvements to streets and drainage.
In total, the work comes to around $2 million. Ives said this kind of infrastructure investment should position Burk for future growth.
"It'll put us in a great position in the near future," he said, "and the distant future too."
The growth city leaders hope will come from this may already be starting. Kelly Bolen, Executive Director of the Burkburnett Development Corporation, said there are around 11 business expansion and new business projects coming on line in Burk. And, she said, the new business is thriving.
"It's been a huge stretch for us," she said. "It's been great."
Bolen said the city's sales tax revenues are slowly rising and there is still more new business on the horizon.
Ives believes these are all positive signs for Burkburnett in 2011.
"Well we hope it's a good sign," he said. "And we feel it is a good sign for better things to come for the city of Burkburnett."