D3 price increases by $306,000 – Herald Democrat

By Michael Hutchins Democrat Herald

The price of Denison’s new downtown cityscape is about to go up. City Council recently approved a $306,000 contract increase with Piazza Construction for the first phase of its Designing Downtown Denison project, also known as D3.

The multi-phase D3 project will see a large-scale redesign of the Main Street landscape alongside infrastructure improvements that will make the downtown shopping district more walkable. Crews opened the first phase of the project, which encompassed areas east of Austin Avenue in January 2021.

This brings the cost of the project to a total of $17.59 million for the first phase.

The latest change order was necessitated, in part, when the crew encountered an unexpected rock that needed to be excavated in order to move forward, city officials said.

“Words cannot describe our feelings of loss following the passing of Dr. Hicks,” Sherman ISD Superintendent Tyson Bennett said in the statement posted on the district’s website. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Tammy and the rest of her loving family. Dr. Hicks was so kind, a servant at heart, and inclusive of everyone because he cared so much about others. He touched us all in incredible ways that will bless our district and our community for generations. Dr. Hicks always said, “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.” We will miss him so much. »

Hicks announced he would leave the district earlier this year to become the superintendent of Northwest ISD. Northwest ISD also announced Hicks’ death in a social media post Friday night.

“Dr. Hicks had an immediate impact on the staff and students of Northwest ISD, and he will be greatly missed,” the post read. of him an excellent leader and friend. Our council is focused on supporting the Hicks family at this time as well as the students, staff and families of Northwest ISD. Schools will have bereavement counselors available for those in need. help in coping with this tragic loss.

As part of one of his last acts as superintendent of Sherman, Hicks announced that he and his family would donate $27,000 towards the establishment of the David and Tammy Hicks Endowment for Excellence and Excellence. innovation.

“When I got here, the first word that was said to me about what makes this district special is family,” Hicks said when announcing the endowment in May. “It’s a family, so thank you for being good colleagues, thank you for being good friends, thank you for always putting our children first.”

Sherman ISD released information on the passing of former Superintendent David Hicks over the weekend. Democrat Herald

Richard L. Militello