Sherman ready for growth

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

SHERMAN -- Local leaders say they are preparing for potential growth , and one corporation is stepping up to the plate to help with funding. Sherman officials say cities south of Sherman are beginning to see growth along U.S. Highway 75. Now officials are putting together a comprehensive plan for when that growth reaches Sherman.

Sherman leaders say they are taking a proactive position to try and bring growth to the area.

Sedco offered over $3 million to expand water and sewer lines along Highway 75 North to Loy Lake Road. Sedco President John Boswell says the area is prime real estate for retailers.

"The last couple years that part of our community has been the most rapid growth so we suspect that growth will continue if we provide utilities to accelerate that development," said Boswell.

Sherman mayor Bill Magers says, "We need to make sure that when development comes we're on an equal playing field with our water and sewer."

Magers also says budget restraints are keeping the city from completing the project, but the partnership with Sedco will accelerate the process.

Sedco officials say there are two stipulations that follow the $3 million. The city must have a plan for utility payments and impose a fee on the property to generate return funds.

City officials say the march north of development out of Dallas is coming sooner than later. This water system will ensure Sherman is positioned for that growth.

"I think the end result it's going to add revenue to the city of Sherman," said Magers.

The mayor says both sides of Highway 75 are being developed and that the new Texoma Medical Center facility is already looking to be built there.

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  • by Jim Location: Denison on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    Haven't we seen enough growth? I now associate the word "growth" with greed and destruction. I like the wide open spaces...and it seems now that most of them are in the planning stages for development. I don't want to live in Plano, Frisco, etc. Growth pushes out the little guy and brings in the corporate guy. Instead of being a successful business owner, you will be broke, working at Wal-Mart for $10 an hour, because your business couldn't compete. Oh, by the way, the corporation you work for (who doesn't even know you exist) will be making millions, and spending it somewhere else....not in your hometown. Support hometown businesses!
  • by Texoma Location: GC on Jul 18, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Hey Julie - If you moved here to get away from McKinney & Plano you didn't go far enough. And as far as "Prepair for Potential growth" - If the City leaders are just now realizing it's coming they are too late. Sometimes our local leaders need to look further than the end of their noses.
  • by Julie Location: Gordonville on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    What percentage of people here want to see growth? Maybe a few business owners want to make more money, but I would bet most are like me and are oppossed to growth. I moved here to get away from McKinney and Plano and the like. The traffic is unbearable! The people don't know each other. I love the peacefull life here. This is the good life. Don't screw it up Sherman! (and Pottsboro)
  • by Gary Location: Tom Bean on Jul 17, 2007 at 09:07 PM
    i know I'm not in Sherman, but for my money growth can go the heck back where it came from. I we in the area wanted to live in a Dallas type area we would be there. For my money we would see a regrowth of rural america, wide open spaces, less crime, more hometown type atmospheres. Growth and expansion, I hope and pray it fails.
  • by david pike Location: tom bean on Jul 17, 2007 at 08:04 PM
    sherman needs a rec. center
  • by Norbert Location: Sherman on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    The City Council has gone hog-wild, borrowing $14 million for pet projects that will stifle spending opportunities for future councils, because they're stuck paying this council's debt. KXII should investigate which property owners and developers will benefit from this spending spree. You will discover that the taxpayers are footing a big bill for projects that will benefit a select few. Welcome to big-city politics. Yes, the Dallas "growth" really is here, eh?
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