Vice Mayor Sheryl Ellis broke the ice when City Commissioners reached an item on the agenda pertaining to the annual election for city commissioners:

“Does Mayor Dyer intend to run for mayor again?” she spoke into her microphone.

Mayor Martin Dyer and Commissioner John Moore publicly confirmed their intent to file for reelection in the 2018 election for Ward 2 (Northeast) and Ward 3 (Southwest) Commissioners.

Dyer said he wants to see the completion of construction on Main Street, as well as the completion of the Streetscape project, which will widen sidewalks and bring additional improvements to the east section of downtown.

“Yes, Mayor Dyer plans to run again,” answering Vice Mayor Ellis’ inquiry. “There are several projects I’d like to see to completion.”

Commissioner Moore echoed Dyer’s sentiment to see renovation downtown to fruition.

“I agree with the mayor,” Moore said. “We have some projects we need to see done.”

Commissioners also decided to approve the addition of another project to that list. Drivers can expect to see improvements to the Ardmore stretch of Carter Road SE from Cisco Road north to U.S. Highway 70.

The City of Ardmore entered into an agreement with Carter County in order to ensure uniformity in the resurfacing project the county is spearheading. City Engineer was approved by commissioners for up to $325,000 of work, but said he realistically anticipates the project to cost anywhere from $200,000 to $250,000.

The 3,300-feet stretch in Ardmore won’t be widened beyond its three-foot span, but drivers can anticipate a safer drive with reinforcement and new coating.

“The county originally planned on paving approximately three miles of Carter Road south of the city limits, well into the county. They inquired in to seeing if we were interested in paving some of Carter Road from the city limits,” Mansur said. “We’ve essentially completed the design. This will make it a little bit safer.”

An election filing period will be from Monday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 7. Any qualified person may have their name placed on the primary ballot for the primary election by filing with the City Clerk.

The election will be held April 3.