State of the Community
By Allison Flores
The Cuero Record
Last Friday’s Cuero Development Corporation’s Community Leaders’ Meeting hosted four guest speakers: Raymie Zella,Cuero City Manager, Judge Daryl Fowler, DeWitt County Judge, Denise McMahan RN-MSN, Cuero Regional Hospital Assistant Administrator, and Dr. Micah Dyer, Cuero ISD Superintendent.
Each speaker addressed the audience in the City Council Chambers regarding their organizations’ current ‘state of the union’, and its’ outlook for 2020. Zella kicked off the speeches by noting the City of Cuero’s recent accomplishments.
“Last year at this time, I was talking about [a project] that was fixing to take off, and that was the Downtown Revitalization/Beautification project that we have going on behind 100 East Main and 100 West Main,” said Zella.
“We started that project in January of last year, and we are finally finishing it up, and we are proud of the way it looks.” Zella continued on to explain that so far, the revitalization project has cost approximately $600,000.
"The Cuero Development Corporation has footed a lot of the bill, and the City has shared in on that,” said Zella. “To tie in with that project, [the City] is trying to purchase the Carmona’s barbershop building downtown– we are in negotiations.”
He continued, “We are open to work out a deal with the Carmonas and buy that building to take it out and make a walk way from the parking lot into the downtown area.”
The City Manager also spoke about the cemetery trust fund that was recently abolished, allowing for $580,000 to be released and used for capital improvements like remodeling the entrances and re-doing the roads.
Another large project for the City is the renovation of the Friar Ag Center.
“They are doing nearly 12,000 square foot of extra building onto the Friar Ag Center– it’s going to be another venue for the City. The price tag on it is over $3 million.”
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