Last Tuesday evening, a personal meeting was held with Mike Killgore, President, James Construction. He was in town reviewing Salado’s construction progress and attending a Wednesday meeting with TXDoT officials. According to Mike, the construction is on schedule. What he shared next was electrifying.
Several weeks ago, Mike and David King, CEO, PSC Construction, met with the Governor. The Governor was straightforward “get all I-35 construction done as quickly as possible.”
Salado was part of the conversation. It was clear that the Governor appreciated and recognized the importance of this Village. In fact, Salado is considered to be part of the “Gateway to the Capitol of Texas.” And that is not all, Salado’s construction experience was one of the reasons TXDoT is making immediate changes in the State construction procedures. Those changes were the reason for Wednesday’s meeting. Salado’s voice was heard and the Village’s experience felt.
What does this mean? Salado is a “player” in the State. The highest state officials publicly recognize it. Federal representatives express it each time Salado is mentioned. Were you aware of your status and reputation in the State? You may have gone through a difficult, frustrating time, but people admire how you handled it and how you are handling it now. You set the example for every town/city in the State. Be proud of your accomplishments.
In addition, Salado now has a seat on the Executive Committee of Central Texas Council of Government (CTCOG). We have a place at the table with the other Mayors and officials. That is major – a vote and a voice in the future of Central Texas.
Finally, thank you for donations toward cleaning the creek around the low water crossing. Large or small, you are most generous. We are not there, yet, but we will be.