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Eagle Ford: Poth EDC gets down to business, plans project
WCN CorrespondentDecember 12, 2012 | 1,536 views | 3 comments
POTH -- The city of Poth has received no response from builders in its request for bids to build restrooms in the city park. This was part of a report delivered by Mayor Travis Pruski Dec. 3 to the Poth Economic Development Corp. (PEDC) board during its monthly meeting. According to Pruski, the city will contract the project utilizing local builders, after receiving no bids.
Pruski said the city currently has several contractors lined up to complete the different stages of construction. According to the mayor, the most expensive part of the project will be the slab, followed by welding services needed to assemble the frame and roof.
To further reduce costs, the city will do the plumbing and also will work again with Les Miller. According to Pruski, Miller will be able to secure the materials at a lower cost than the city can.
The project is expected to cost approximately $30,000. Although the PEDC had budgeted $23,240 for capital projects, this will be funded jointly by the city, PEDC, and proceeds from the Poth Ride to Remember events.
The PEDC anticipates its portion to be between $17,000 and $20,000. Construction may start in January, in an effort to finish in time for baseball season.
Although discussed at length, no motion was made and no action was taken by the board members.
Also during the meeting, the board heard a brief report from the city’s annual “Christmas on the Plaza” event, held Dec. 1. According to Pruski, the event and activities went over well. Festivities -- including manmade snow, vendors, and Blue Santa donations -- drew several hundred people to Dilworth Plaza.
This led to a discussion of Christmas projects for 2013. Other small towns, including Hondo, display oversized personalized Christmas cards; if Poth adopts this, they would be placed along U.S. 181. Anyone wishing to create and display their own greeting could participate, with designs complying with agreed guidelines.
The exact guidelines are as yet undetermined. According to Chrystal Eckel with the PEDC, these would be confirmed after research is conducted.
The final item on the night’s agenda was creation of a brochure showcasing Poth businesses. This will serve the dual purpose of educating newcomers about vendors within the city and boosting revenue for the PEDC through increased sales tax collections. The idea was well-received; however, discussions were lengthy about the qualifications participating businesses must meet and what constitutes a “local business.”
Lengthy debate included which businesses could be considered “local” -- inside city limits, within the extraterritorial jurisdiction, or anyone who does business within the city.
Concerns were raised about being too restrictive and hurting businesses that exist elsewhere but do most of their business in Poth. A compromise was reached, to allow spaces in the brochure to be sold according to vacancies, based on the response to surveys.
**In attendance: Board members Clifton Zaiontz, Jennifer Pruski, Marcelo Laijas, Keith Rodgers, Chrystal Eckel, Mayor Travis Pruski.
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