KILGORE, TX — Concern from the body’s two newest members prompted the Kilgore City Council to postpone a vote Tuesday to buy water from Longview and provide water to an I-20 industrial park.
At the recommendation of Councilman Harvey McClendon, the council agreed to meet June 19 for a workshop on the proposal and then vote again at the next council meeting June 24.
"Could we not come back … and meet again for a workshop on this alone with information from Longview and KEDC? ... I am for it, but at this point after working on it for 2 or 2 years, I don’t see the ultimate urgency in doing it today as opposed to doing it two weeks from today if there is some hesitancy,” McClendon said after a lengthy discussion about the proposal.
Councilwomen Lori Weatherford and Merlyn Holmes said they had too many questions to allow them to vote for the wide-reaching proposal. The plan would include Longview giving up land south of the Sabine River, making Kilgore a customer of Longview water and allowing Kilgore to serve the River Bend Business Center and Industrial Park at Texas 31 and Interstate 20.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.