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Wheeler Street construction to begin soon
STOCKDALE -- Members of the Stockdale City Council will soon see their determination to upgrade infrastructure within the city pay off, with the awarding of a bid for street improvements. This bid includes the extension of Wheeler Street to 30 feet wide and extension of the street into the Stockdale Industrial Park, located off U.S. 87. Funding for this project will be derived from a $940,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan.
The Newman & Keng Paving Co. of Giddings bid of $825,000 was the lowest of six bids received, with three bids in excess of $1 million. The company comes recommended by Southwest Engineers Inc. The bid was accepted during a Nov. 29 special called council meeting.
Prior to the acceptance of the bid, Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin and Southwest Engineers Inc. Project Manager Freddie Dippel outlined the obstacles the city faces to finance the project within budget.
Akin and Dippel said the lowest bid submitted is $213,000 over budget. Akin said the pre-bid package did include a clause that the city reserves the right to negotiate projects within the budget limit, however.
After meeting with Newman & Keng Paving Co. and consulting with Geotech Engineering in San Antonio, the following specifications were agreed on:
•A 6-inch road base will be used, instead of the 10-inch base advertised.
•Concrete will be used in the intersection of Wheeler Street and Industrial Park Avenue.
•Two course chip seal and 1.5-inch hot pavement will be used for road construction. This method is similar to the construction of C.R. 417 north of Stockdale, the council was told.
Akin, with advice from the USDA, said that the city should accept the bid as submitted -- with a change-order clause, to keep the project within budget.
The council also addressed a change order in the water project, contract B, with Central Texas Water Maintenance LLC of Buda. The contract was awarded at the Nov. 7 council meeting. See “Stockdale awards two water project bids totaling $669,281,” Nov. 14.
Akin said the project warrants a pump and motor to the water plant project as a safety measure for the city. This is due to the age and condition of the pumps being used to provide water to the city’s residents at the present time. In case of a breakdown, elevated storage would only supply 24 to 40 hours; there is uncertainty whether the water pressure will allow water flow in higher elevations in the southern part of Stockdale.
A change order will be needed, Dippel said, with projected costs ranging from $36,000 to $40,000. The council will meet to approve the change order once the contractor gives the final cost involved.
Akin said street construction will begin in early February, with an August completion date. The water project is anticipated to begin in early 2013.
While the infrastructure discussions dominated the meeting, the council also accepted the resignation of Lynn Ray West, who represented Stockdale as a member of the Wilson County Appraisal District board of directors until recently.
Mayor Johnny Stahl said West did an “admirable job, through extremely tough times” during his tenure as director on the board.
“Lynn Ray represented us well,” Stahl said.
The council also approved the recommendation of former Wilson County Auditor Ray Wolff to replace West as its representative.
This action followed the Nov. 12 approval by the Stockdale Independent School District board of trustees of Wolff as the district’s representative to the Appraisal District board.
West represented the city and the school district for approximately nine years.
**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 Freddie Dippel, Southwest Engineers Inc. project manager.
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