ARCHER CITY, TX (KAUZ) - Archer City leaders approve a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Public Transportation.
Just weeks after the tribute mural to the Walsh Brother's was completed, city council members have agreed to begin another project that will add landscaping, sidewalks and a parking lot to Archer City's Visitor Center near the painting.
The grant was requested by the city's Growth and Development 4B Board, but the funding has to be accepted by the city.
The total agreement is for $100,0000 dollars plus another $16,000 thousand for miscellaneous cost like engineering.
The project will also have a gazebo and story board showcasing Archer city's history.
"Some of them will tell tales of how Archer started. About things that have come through Archer, the train, cattle that were here, oil and Larry McMurtry," said George Huffman, the City Manager of Archer city.
Kim Whittsit, the City Secretary, said this is all in an effort to beautify the town and the goal is to enhance the mural not compete with it.
Bids for the visitor center project will start in September and advertising for the job will take place for two weeks to ensure a competitive bidding process.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Another hot topic that has been popping up on the city council agenda is a flea market.
In the past residents have spoke positively about a possible flea market coming to the city, but at Thursday's meeting one citizen said this is not a good idea, adding it could be a nuisance to residents who live nearby because of security, safety, sanitation and noise issues.
On the other hand, some believe it will be a good addition to the city and said it will bring in more people and of course tax revenue.
City council leaders will continue to discuss the possibilities of a flea market coming to town and have yet to take any action on the topic.