Contact: Lisa Tipton
Phone: (325) 643-0413
Date: Aug. 8, 2018
Work has begun in downtown San Saba on a beautification project funded by a partnership of Keep Texas Beautiful and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards. Each year a total of $2 million dollars is awarded to several Texas cities like San Saba for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful.
The city of San Saba is applying the $151,446 in funding from the award to improvements downtown (SH 16) in the area near their newly revitalized visitors’ center, which was once an abandoned gas station. City crews recently completed the demolition of old sidewalks, and TCB Construction, Inc. of Austin will begin work this week to include curb and gutter, sidewalk, pedestrian accessible ramps, lighting, planter beds, and retaining walls.
It is anticipated the project will be completed, weather permitting, at the end of Oct. 2018. Traffic should not be affected other than occasional parking being blocked off for the work zone.
According to City Manager Stan Weik, this project and funding is the result of many partners working together on beautification efforts, which led to the award.
“This project is a result of the community working together to help keep the city clean and revitalized. It was a combined effort of our city council, the citizens, students, businesses and many civic organizations,” said Weik. “The accumulation of having the visitors’ center complete – it’s like putting the dot on the ‘i’ to see the installation of these sidewalks and decorative light posts downtown. We are grateful for the money TxDOT contributes to fund these awards to communities across the state.”
Volunteers in San Saba contributed their time hosting clean-ups and removed several tons of trash from local parks and waterways. Local schools, scouts, businesses and other community organizations such as Keep San Saba Beautiful, the garden club, the historical society and students involved in the National Honor Society have participated in campaigns including Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off, Great American Clean-up, Armadillos Get Involved Community Workday and the Adopt-A-Highway program.
According to Weik, these beautification efforts, along with the gift of the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards, have contributed to the success of San Saba’s tourism and economic growth. This has helped the city become a tourism destination people make plans to visit.
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