April Daniels, executive director of the Smithville Chamber of Commerce, opened the quarterly luncheon on July 31 with announcements of upcoming events and important dates, including an ice cream social on August 15 and Wingfest on September 28.
The main program featured updates by Smithville city manager Robert Tamble. Highlights included the current status of the tiny homes ordinance that the city council recently adopted. A survey to gather more public input is underway. Drainage projects in flood-prone areas of town were outlined, with projected approval dates pending FEMA approval. Other infrastructure improvements including street and water improvements were also highlighted. Numerous development projects were also outlined that could significantly impact jobs in the city, such as Regency Health Care, a 120-bed nursing home facility which is expected to bring 35 new jobs to the city; the Hurta Land Holdings, which will develop 50 lots for homes in the city; and the Smithville ISD Athletic Complex, which will bring an estimated 15 to 25 new jobs. Other commercial developments discussed included Capella Commercial, which is a 42-acre mixed use development, and the Sage House, a country inn located at 407 Ramona Street. The Creekside RV Park, a 16-acre tract of land on Highway 71 and Loop 230, will provide 179 spaces in the RV park. An additional 32 homes will be built in the M5 Subdivision. Airport Hangar purchases and other improvements are also being sought with funding from TXDOT. Budget updates and other financial projections were outlined. For more details, visit to www.ci.smithville.tx.us.