Tom Bean’s 2019 Accomplishments and Happenings
1) The Tom Bean Monument restoration project was completed in February 2019.
This was a private donations effort over several years and we were finally able to contract out the effort at a cost of $2500 for the re-leveling of the founder of our town, Thomas Bean, who is buried in Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham, Texas. Power Jack Foundation Repair out of Paris, Texas was very gracious to power wash the monument free of charge and made it look so much better than before. We are proud of this accomplishment and want to thank all of our generous donors for their part in this effort.
2) ZAYO fiber optics installed
ZAYO fiber optics installed for Region 10 ISD through Tom Bean on the north side of Hwy 11 from Tom Bean Middle School to Whitewright. This was a great benefit for the school system.
3) TNMP Siren Grant
The City applied for a Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP) grant earlier this year and actually were granted $2,155 to purchase/install a new siren controller for our siren which is located on our downtown water tower and the controller is now in the fire station. The siren can be activated via a cellphone versus having to go to the fire station and manually push the button! This upgrade has been needed for a long time in the city. Thank you TNMP!
4) Safe Route to School Grant Application
Through our city engineer, we were able to apply for a Texas Department of Transportation 2019 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) safe routes to school infrastructure (SRTS). This sidewalk will go from the MS along Hwy 11 on the north side to the ES. It can be used by the children going and coming from school as well as citizens needing to get to various businesses along the way. We will hear something this month if we were chosen as a recipient of this grant which has been figured at $697,123. NO local match is required!!
5) Holley Grove Housing Development
Our new housing development at the east end of town (Holley Grove) kicked off in August with Phase 1 being six new homes. They are presently at 90% completion. Phase 2 of the additional 20 homes will begin hopefully later this year. Thank you, Josh Holley and Donny Lasko for choosing Tom Bean to build this beautiful development of homes.
6) Lowered Property Tax Rate
Tom Bean City Council approved the lowering of the property tax rate from .567362/$100 to .535992/$100 for 2020.
The effort for a new North Water Well was started in October 2016 with sealed bids being opened on February 8, 2017. The contractor was selected for the $1.2M effort and this new water well with its 125,000-gallon storage tank will be online in the city this month. We will be able to furnish water to 976 houses in the future and have the ability to pump 843,840 gallons per day! We are ready for growth.
8) $500 Student Scholarships and Spring Cleanup Effort
By contract negotiations with our trash service provider, we have been able to provide two (2) $500 scholarships to our Tom Bean Seniors for the last three years. We will be providing a trash dumpster for our water customers in the spring cleanup effort—date TBD.
9) Citiwide Real Estate Office Opens
A new real estate office has recently opened up at the old Tom Bean Station next to Dollar General. Citiwide Real Estate Services is open for business with the Grand Opening being scheduled sometime in February!
Type B Economic Development Board voted to purchase a new directional sign which has been mounted at the intersection of South Britton and Hwy 11 in the median area.
11) Successful Autumn Nights and Christmas Parade Events
Autumn Nights in October and the Christmas Parade in December were two very successful events in our city this year. Many thanks to everyone who helped make these events successful and fun for everyone. Check out our website’s calendar for information on the numerous events scheduled in Tom Bean.
12) Blessing Box Helps People in Need
A Blessing Box was installed at City Hall by the library entrance door at the east end of the building in late November. What generous people have stepped forward and kept the box filled for the last month! We want to thank everyone who has provided items for the box for the people in the community who may need a helping hand.
13) Whitewright Sun Chosen as Official Newspaper
The Whitewright Sun was chosen as the city official newspaper by the city council at the end of 2019r. Now we can read items pertaining to our city.
If you would like to discuss any of these projects or have any other questions, please feel free to call Mayor Sherry Howard at 903-546-3010. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Mayor of Tom Bean.
— Mayor Sherry E. Howard