9-25-06 - The city of Sherman is making plans to extend water service to the west in hopes to entice new development.
Any given day, some 61,000 cars and trucks pass through Sherman. It's no wonder big retail made its home here.
But in the future, city officials hope to see that kind of development on the western edge of the city.
The city is starting with infrastructure and a plan to install new water lines along Highway 82, from an area west of FM 1417 to the proposed site for the new Highway 289 extension.
The plan is one of the first signs of change west of town. A subdivision started clearing lots several years ago, but businesses have just started to pick up.
The water line will go in in three phases. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2009.
To pay for the new water lines, the city will take out bonds and pay them back through money they'll collect on water bills. Rates are set to go up by about two percent starting next month. For most single-family homes, the extra cost is a few cents a month.
To read more about the project and see a fee schedule, click here.
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