Wilson County News July 25, 2012 2,675 views 2 comments
POTH -- The recent rains, while beneficial for farmers, can slow the process of paving projects like one that is ongoing here.
During the July 16 meeting of the Poth City Council, the city’s public works supervisor, Kenneth “Buck” Griffin, said the paving contractor, Falls City-based Pruski Hauling, is waiting until the week of July 22 to resume paving that will result in new surfaces for much of the western portion of the city. Additional rain could wash away freshly applied road oil, Griffin said.
Mayor Travis Pruski, no relation to the paving contractor, said the project area includes streets southwest of the intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 541. The following streets will be rebuilt from the base up:
On each of those streets, the mayor said crews will inspect water and sewer lines, replacing them as needed. Shenandoah and Moss Point streets will be patched and resurfaced, while Natchez and Klecka streets will be resurfaced. For materials and labor to rehabilitate all of the streets, Pruski said the city will pay approximately $120,000.
Also related to infrastructure, Griffin said he currently is researching the acquisition of an additional above-ground storage tank for the city’s water system. He said a 500,000-gallon tank would cost an estimated $183,000 to purchase. With installation, the city would have a total cost of $250,000 to $300,000, he said.
Griffin also suggested that the city start installation of a waterline that would extend public water service to six homes located just south of the city limits off U.S. 181.
“The bottom line is, if TCEQ [the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] forces us to do it, it’s going to cost a lot more,” Griffin said.
The proposed line would replace a private waterline that has long been a bone of contention for the city and the landowners. Pruski said the council has tried working with the landowners and gave them the opportunity to vote on what they thought was the best of three solutions to the problem. As of the meeting, there had been no response.
In other business, the council:
•Reached a consensus to hold a workshop to discuss an administration ordinance related to building permits. The first of two workshops on the 2013 fiscal year budget will follow. Both are tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 30, at 6 p.m., with an alternate date of Monday, Aug. 6.
•Approved a contract with Austin-based Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP, for the collection of fines and court fees that have been delinquent for longer than 90 days. While the arrangement is at no cost to the city, the payer would be assessed a fee of 15 percent on debts up to 10 years old and 30 percent on older debts.
•Authorized application for a $350,000 grant from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs. If the city obtains the funds, which would be allocated during the upcoming fiscal year, they would be used to replace water and sewer lines underneath U.S. 181 between F.M. 541 and the overpass located at the southern edge of the city limits.
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