Things are looking up in Bridge City, mainly because of the resiliency of the people, officials said in a late Tuesday workshop.

The lift stations and drainage ditches are in good shape, FEMA trailers are disappearing every day and businesses want to locate in the city limits. What’s more, the city has been approved to spend $9 million in disaster recovery funds to further repairs which could begin as early as mid- to late summer.

“There’s more and more people moving back into their houses,” said City Manager Jerry Jones. “We seem to be getting a lot of questions from people who want to do business here.” 

As far as the residents, he added, “I think a lot of people have resolved their problems – mostly insurance.”

Plans are moving ahead for an Econo Lodge hotel, an RV park and a CVS Pharmacy, Jones said.

The Shell Station at the corner of Roundbunch Road and Texas 87, its canopy crushed and limping in the wind daily from Ike damage, will be torn down, replaced by a new facility with a Church’s chicken stand inside.

“We’re hoping that in the next six months we’ll see a tremendous recovery,” Jones said.

Jones presented council with several scenarios for the disaster funds, mostly focusing on water and transportation. One proposal included generators for all three water treatment plants.

“That would ensure that no matter what we had there, the generators would kick on as soon as the power went out,” he said. 

Mayor Kirk Roccaforte added, “And all those generators would be elevated.”

Other discussion included what to paint on the new water tower at city hall.

The Cardinal logo will be a part of it at some point, but it has also been suggested to include mention of the 1966 state championship football team; and perhaps 2005’s winning track medalists.

“The only problem I would have is that you date yourself when you have something that’s more than two years old,” said Councilman David Rutledge. “When I drive through cities like that it just strikes me as odd.”

“A lot of cities have [something like] that,” said Roccaforte, “and these teams have never been recognized.”

Councilman Mike Reed offered some levity when he said, “What the sign ought to say is, ‘Bridge City Now Open.’”