The Sherman City Council will consider rejecting two bids received for the second phase of its Streetscape Project during its regular meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St.


The city put the construction work on the project out for bid in August and city staff is recommending the bids received be rejected because one was unresponsive and the responses from the references of the other were viewed as unsatisfactory.


The total cost of the project’s construction is expected to be around $515,928, though Sherman is estimated to only have to pay $40,783 of that total as the Texas Department of Transportation chose the project for a Transportation Alternatives Program. The project will add a 10-foot-wide sidewalk along Houston and Lamar streets from Walnut Street to Throckmorton Street. When the second phase of the city’s Streetscape Project was discussed last year, city staff said 39,800 square feet of existing sidewalks were to be removed and replaced with 68,400 square feet of new 10-foot-wide sidewalks on each side of the street.


The council will also consider a pair of proclamations — one naming October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and the other making Oct. 14 “Lions White Cane Day” in the city of Sherman.


The council will also receive three information presentations during the meeting.


Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton will give the council a presentation on the department’s annual Fright Fest event scheduled for Halloween. Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch will present the planned “Neighborhood Refresh Initiative.” And representatives from the Sherman Independent School District will also give the council a presentation.


A closed, executive session will be held at the end of the meeting to allow the council to discuss pending litigation with the city attorney, consider the appointment of a new board member for the Sherman Economic Development Corp. and deliberate regarding economic development negotiations. The council will then return to open session to take any actions deemed necessary by the executive session discussion.