Attendees from the Cuero and DeWitt County area filled the Council Chambers at City Hall to receive updates from four of the community’s most prominent leaders representing DeWitt County and City of Cuero governments, Cuero Independent School District, and Cuero Regional Hospital.
The first State of the Community speaker, Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella, described current and pending improvements within city limits, such as the recent Downtown Renovation Project, primarily funded by the CDC, which includes street and sidewalk improvements in the 100 block of East and West Main Street. Mr. Zella also gave details about the renovation and expansion by approximately 10,000 square feet of the Friar Ag Center in Cuero City Park.
DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler spoke about such projects as ongoing repairs and improvements to county roads, and construction of the new, historically themed, 11,000 square-foot county courthouse annex building in downtown Cuero. He also addressed the potential effects of the 2.5% property tax cap passed last year by the Texas Legislature and which went into effect on January 1st. Judge Fowler discussed plans to hold an election in August for voters to approve any necessary additional taxes to preserve funding of vital services within the county.
Cuero Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Micah Dyer lauded the success of the new cosmetology course at Cuero High School this year, as well as the continuing partnership with Mid-Coast Construction Academy to offer apprenticeship programs to Cuero ISD students in such trades as electrical and plumbing.
Cuero Regional Hospital Assistant Administrator Denise McMahan, RN-MSN, gave an update on the hospital’s financial status, remarking that this past year has been among CRH’s best for providing quality medical services to the community while operating in the black.
Following the conclusion of their presentations, the four speakers took part in an extended question-and-answer session.
Details for the CDC’s February 2020 Community Leaders’ Meeting are to be announced.