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RED OAK - Council members received some updates regarding the city's long-term goals under the Vision 2020 plan during Monday night's meeting.

City Manager Ken Pfeifer said the long-range plans included improving the city's infrastructure and business development.

Pfeifer said in 2007 the city would begin facility planning for development of a recreation and senior citizen center.

But more importantly city officials cited they wanted to 'build a sense of community.'

Red Oak Mayor Pro-tem Ben Goodwyn said the city needed to work with neighboring communities to form a regional coalition of northern Ellis County communities to properly plan for future growth.

Mayor Ron Bryce said he would like to see more work done to ensure Red Oak was environmentally friendly by promoting and developing more walking trails throughout the city.

'It's all related to the quality of life,' Bryce said.

In other business, council members also learned the fire department had been awarded a grant for $21,000 from the Firefighters Insurance Company to purchase bunker gear and provide training.

Another grant worth $3,800 from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection would be used to purchase a pump for the department's brush truck.

Later, Goodwyn asked about the progress on when roads, including Stainback Road, would be repaved.

He said a concerned resident had contacted him about the condition of the road which he described as a 'carnival ride.'

Last year a $4 million dollar bond was passed to improve the city's roads, but work has not begun.

'We really need to be doing something on the roads in that area,' he said.

'It's time we turn some dirt.'

Pfeifer said everything was on schedule and plans for road work were moving forward.

He did not have an estimated date of when work would start.

Bryce suggested trying to improve communication with citizens by maybe posting information on the city's website updating citizens on the progress of various public works projects.

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