Your Next Zoo Visit May Cost More Money

Your next trip to the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin could be a little more expensive. Tonight, the Lufkin City Council will vote on a proposed admission fee increase.

If approved, the price of admission to the zoo will go from $3.00 for adults and a $1.50 for kids to $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children. The changes would take affect on June 1st.

Zoo administrators said they are just trying to keep up with the rising costs of their building fees and other expenses.

City leaders are also talking about raising the speed limit on several Lufkin streets. At tonight's meeting, the council will either approve or veto the first reading of an ordinance increasing the speed on five streets from 30 to 40 miles an hour.

Pershing Avenue, Whitehouse Drive, Paul Avenue, Tulane and Martin Luther King drives are all low-accident areas where an increase in the speed limit could improve traffic flow.

Assistant City Manager Keith Wright said, "We're looking at changing several of the streets that were part of the bond issues. We've improved the size of the streets, the width of the streets, and the alignments. We look at accidents in the area, as well as other characteristics, and we feel like it's an appropriate change."

If council members approve the first reading of the ordinance they will move forward with a second reading at a future meeting. The speed limit changes would go into affect immediately after that.

Tonight's city council meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. at Lufkin City Hall.