Last week the Mayor and Council took several steps forward in addressing the needs of the local businesses and residents. After several months of reviewing the City programs that are currently in place and their importance to Llano, the Mayor and Council authorized the advertising for a position that would serve as the Main Street Manager. This position will spend at least 51% of their time involved in the Llano Main Street program and have additional duties as assigned. Since Llano became a Texas Main Street City in 2003, there have been numerous accomplishments and improvements to downtown Llano. The positive effect on Llano is apparent in comparing photographs from 2003 to date.
Another step the Council initiated was to begin reviewing the utility deposit policy to create a utility policy that is business and resident friendly. Staff will present possible changes to the City Council at their March 17 meeting. The Council has also authorized a study, by staff, to offer budget billing to utility customers. The program would allow customers to enter into an agreement with the City to pay a pre-determined amount on a monthly basis, and then have a true-up month. With the fluctuations in weather that we have recently seen, this type of program will enable the customers an avenue to better manage their budgets.
As our citizens have been out and about the City, it has been noted by several that there has been two new businesses that have opened recently, and two new ones opening soon. Of the four new businesses, three of them will be located in the Historic District.
With the support of the City Council and city staff, it is evident that Llano is primed to continue the growth from within and is on the cusp of providing several avenues for future growth.
As always please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns as we all work together to continue to have a quality of life we all want in Llano.