The Sherman City Council on Monday received a presentation by Don Keene, the town’s community and support services director, regarding a mountain biking and hiking trail at Binkley Park, just to the east of Sory Elementary School. The trail is currently under construction through volunteer labor and will not cost any taxpayer funds to maintain, explained the director.

The Sherman City Council on Monday received a presentation by Don Keene, the town’s community and support services director, regarding a mountain biking and hiking trail at Binkley Park, just to the east of Sory Elementary School. The trail is currently under construction through volunteer labor and will not cost any taxpayer funds to maintain, explained the director.


A group of locals will form a committee that will clean and repair the trail as needed, an effort spearheaded by Jason Griffin, a member of the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association. Griffin will serve as volunteer trail steward, sanctioned by an interim Memorandum of Agreement with the City.


"With our city resources limited, this is a great example of the city working with local volunteers to provide opportunities for our citizens that we, quite honestly, couldn’t otherwise provide," said Keene.


The trail initially will traverse 2.5 miles of terrain, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to intermediate. Once completed, the trail will cover more than seven miles. Griffin said more than 40 volunteers — many of them Austin College students — helped to clear brush from the trail’s course. A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the trail will be held on March 22 at 10 a.m.


In other business, the Council enacted a pair of ordinances allowing for development, each of which was formerly approved by the Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission. A property at 1305 N. Sam Rayburn Fwy. was approved as the future site of a Just Brakes location. The plat is situated near the intersection of Texoma Parkway and U.S. Highway 75, just around the corner from the Sherman DMV.


The second ordinance gave the Council’s blessing to Silver Creek Oil & Gas for a new oil well on the 5600 block of Farmington Road. The location is in far southwest Sherman, nearly half-way to Howe. The wildcat well will be drilled approximately 3,000 feet from the nearest home and did not receive any objections from nearby homeowners.


The Council accepted a bid in the amount of $822,000 to replace the ultraviolet disinfectant equipment at the Post Oak Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade was required because the current technology has reached the end of its useful life, said Sherman Utilities Director Mark Gibson. Trojan Technologies, Inc., an Ontario-based company with offices in Austin, was the low bidder who met the requirements. The project will be managed through the Greater Texoma Utility Authority, and paid for through the city’s Capital Improvement Program.


As part of the consent agenda, councilors approved a request to close two streets near the Sherman Municipal Grounds on April 26 for the city’s 6th annual Earth Day Festival. Rusk and Elm streets between Mulberry and Pecan will be closed to through traffic on the day of the event.


During an executive session, the Council appointed two of their own — Councilors David Plyler and Jason Sofey — as ex officio members on the board of the directors for the Sherman Economic Development Corp.