Parks board

to meet today

The city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will discuss Maroney Park today during a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting takes place in the family room at the Recreation Center, 1112 North St. On the agenda is a proposal to beautify Tyler Blacklock area in Maroney Park as well as a location for a new restroom facility at the park. The committee will also hear reports on parks and recreation activities.

TxDOT to move Hwy. 21 signs

Drivers on State Highway 21 west of Douglass may soon notice the repositioning of speed limit signs, the Texas Department of Transportation announced this week.

Work crews are scheduled to move the existing speed limit signs after the Texas Transportation Commissioners recently approved repositioning “in order to enhance the safety of the roadway,” TxDOT said in a statement.

A 70 mph speed limit sign will be moved just over a mile west in the westbound lane, and a 55 mph speed limit sign will be moved just over a mile west in the eastbound lane of traffic, TxDOT states: “The new placement of speed limit signs will be enforceable once signs are placed.”

For more information about roadway projects and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org.

Forest service proposes

fee hikes

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing day use fee increases at recreation sites and adding a new day use fee for an existing recreation site on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.

“The proposed changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs, and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor. He also noted that the last price increase for most sites occurred in 2003.

Proposed fee changes include $5 per day per vehicle at Boykin Springs Recreation at Angelina National Forest, an increase from $3 to $5 at Red Hills Lake in the Sabine National Forest, and an annual day use pass increase from $30 to $40 at the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. The passes are valid for one year from date of purchase and honored at day use sites at Kisatchie National Forest and Corp of Engineer day use sites at Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff Reservoirs. Pass holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes would continue to receive a 50 percent discount on the annual day use pass.

Public notices proposing the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area.

The fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee known as the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and the public is invited to attend and comment. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on www.fs.usda.gov/texas. The Regional forester will make a decision on fee proposals after public comment is complete.

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