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Stockdale awards two water-project bids totaling $669,281
STOCKDALE -- After three years of applying for state and federal funding to assist with improvements to the city’s water plant, the Stockdale City Council has named the contractors for two bid packages. The council awarded the contracts Nov. 7 during its regular monthly meeting, postponed by one day, due to general elections.
Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin said RLN of Stockdale was recommended by Southwest Engineers Inc. for the water system improvements project contract A (water lines). The bid of $132,527.70 includes the laying of 12-inch waterlines from Industrial Boulevard to Sixth Street.
Southwest Engineers Inc. also recommended Central Texas Water Maintenance LLC of Buda to be awarded the second water project, contract B, in the amount of $536,754. This bid package pertains to the city’s water plant. The company, according to its website, offers 30 years of expertise in water and wastewater systems.The council accepted both recommendations as presented. Funding for these projects will be derived from a $975,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan. Construction will not begin until funding is received from the USDA.
In addition to awarding these contracts, the council also discussed zoning issues.
After updating the planning and zoning ordinances this past summer, the council will revisit two issues not addressed then.
James J. Bellamy and Nathan Downing, representatives of Ritter Construction, were present to negotiate and extend their current lease agreement with the city, first awarded in November 2011. The two also requested a permanent waiver to keep three recreational vehicles (RVs) on the property, for security reasons. The tenants occupy 2.9 acres on land located at 250 North Eighth St., on acreage formerly owned by Birdsong Peanuts.
The council, after much discussion and reviewing three options available, decided to extend the current lease with an added ordinance review provision. The city will consider amending the planning and zoning ordinance to allow RVs in an industrial zone -- when used as living quarters due to security reasons -- on a case-by-case basis.
Since the city does not have a police department, Mayor Johnny Stahl said the council needs to address this issue, not only for Ritter Construction, but for other businesses within the city.
The council also will include verbiage regarding modular homes located in zones designated as residential.
In other matters, the council:
•Appointed the city manager as the city’s investment officer, to comply with the Public Funds Investment Act.
•Approved for the city manager to advertise the sale of a walk-in cooler located in the old fire house, formerly used by the Stockdale Ministry Resource Center.
•Approved the closure of Fourth and Main streets for Christmas in Stockdale, set for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
***In attendance: Mayor Johnny Stahl, councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong, City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, and Stockdale Public Works Director David Tillery.
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