Between intensive community development, infrastructure improvements, and redoubling economic development, 2021 has been one of Nolanville’s busiest years to date.
Through the use of ENDEAVRide, a telemedicine and ride-sharing program, Nolanville sought to facilitate free and accessible transportation to medical care for residents.
The program began in 2020 and has received continued support ever since. To that end, the Nolanville City Council recently approved a new, larger vehicle for the ENDEAVRide service.
Additionally, Nolanville maintained a free drive-through testing and vaccination facility at Central Bell County Fire & Rescue.
“The all-volunteer fire department has been instrumental in carrying out this mission since the start of the pandemic and is still operational to this day,” City Manager Kara Escajeda said.
Some of the most notable projects are the various infrastructure upgrades that Nolanville completed in 2021.
Many roads through Nolanville have been repaved in the wake of winter storm Uri, while the woods are in the process of getting new sewage lines funded by Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 and a community development block grant.
Several projects, including the Nolanville Park Connectivity project, a large-scale walkability upgrade, are currently underway. When complete, the program will bring bike lanes and sidewalk access to several “legacy subdivisions.” Likewise, the city continued its neighborhood identity program, which includes the creation of neighborhood signs for each neighborhood.
“I think it’s really important for every neighborhood to have a sense of self,” Escajeda said.
Other improvements coming with the connectivity project are sidewalks, a covered mailbox area and traffic calming devices. Escajeda said the program could also have the effect of reducing the amount of commercial traffic that arrives along Avenue I.
Escajeda said she was proud to say the food truck party near Main Street called “Meet Me At the Corner” was a big hit.
“We are very pleased with the buzz the food truck park created last year and have an even greater variety of events and offerings planned for the coming year,” she said.
Similarly, the business incubator at Old City Hall has been a success, with several new businesses – including The Look on Main, a trade show – taking up residence in the developing area.
Finally, Nolanville remained focused on embellishment and sustainability, which Escjeda says hasn’t gone unnoticed.
In 2021, Nolanville received the State of Texas “Gold Ranking Scenic City” award and was recognized as a Gold Star Affiliate of “Keep Texas Beautiful”. Proceeds from these grants will go toward improving Monarch Park and other natural development programs.
Escajeda has awarded the opportunity for many programs to Grant Development Services, Inc. The grant-writing firm has secured millions of dollars in state and federal grants, making infrastructure, beautification, and other such programs possible .