Working together solves problems.
Anyone who drove down the streets that are slated to be rebuilt as part of the citywide reconstruction project knows that this is one of the most needed projects to come through Commerce in years.
It’s also one of the best examples of the city, community and university working together to fix the look of the city.
Texas A&M University-Commerce put up nearly $1 million of the $5 million toward the project. Commerce put up $3 million after a bond election for the project was passed in 2008, and the Texas Water Development Board offered the last $1 million for the water infrastructure that was included in the project.
Yes, the choice to begin reconstructing Lee Street the week before finals, causing some of the entrances to the library parking lot to be closed, was not the most opportune time.
But complaining about the small misstep aside, students and faculty will have long forgotten that once they drive down the freshly-paved, pothole-free roads in and around the university.
With the Commerce Tigersharks swim team, we see another case of the generosity of the university, and the willingness of the city and community to work together to keep a beloved team within the city limits.
When the pool was closed last year due to a broken water pump, the 45 members of the Tigersharks didn’t know if there was going to be a next year for them.
At the behest of the Commerce City Council, members of the Tigersharks board sought ways to keep the team here while the council tried to find a way to either fix the pool, build a new one that would be a part of a bond election or to replace it with a splash park instead.
Members of the A&M-Commerce Morris Recreation Center allowed the Tigersharks to use the center’s lap pool at a highly discounted price for the summer, giving members of the Tigersharks a chance to keep a healthy activity in Commerce.
I can only hope that these two aren’t isolated instances and we see much more to come in the way of attracting more businesses and restaurants to a future booming college town.
Joseph Hamrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @HB_JHamrick.
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