Mercedes sees community improvements

MERCEDES — When Richard Garcia started as city manager, $1 million was a lot of money for the small town.

Garcia was appointed interim city manager in June 2002 and became permanent in October 2002.

His capital improvement report now lists $77 million in spending on city projects.

The report lists improvements over the last six years for streets, drainage, infrastructure, parks and recreation, sanitation and beautification.

The total includes the city’s share, grants and low-interest loans used to pay for the improvements.

“We are still stable and we have used a lot of our fund balance to do a lot of economic development,” Garcia said.

His report provides the community a snapshot of what the city administration and City Commission have done.

The city also is nearing completion of a FEMA Safe Shelter Dome with a working price tag of $4.3 million.

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