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Eagle Ford: Council approves infrastructure repairs
POTH -- As the next step in the city’s infrastructure improvement initiative, a wastewater rehabilitation project for Voges Street was discussed by the council Jan. 14 during the regular Poth City Council meeting. Based on details presented by Mayor Travis Pruski and Public Works Manager Buck Griffin, two wastewater lines along the street currently are scheduled for replacement.
While one line is being repaired, the other will be kept in service.
According to the mayor, the waterline updates will be finished by Pruski’s Hauling Co. (no relation) within two to three weeks, allowing the streets to be repaired following the project’s completion.
As stated by Griffin, once the main line has been installed in the next two weeks, the line will be flushed and sampled before the second phase can begin. This step is expected to take approximately three weeks.
Expenses have been divided into three distinct categories to phase payments. The first is made up of material costs for the repairs and replacement of the lines; the expected cost is approximately $39,900. The second is for the materials to repair the street surface, once the project is finished; this is estimated at approximately $3,700.
The largest expense, however, is labor, to be contracted through Pruski Hauling for approximately $45,200. The cost for the entire project is estimated at $88,800; this is subject to change as the project continues.
Completion is expected by spring or early summer. The utility updates were approved by all members present.
Also during the meeting, the council withdrew into executive session to discuss hiring a new police chief. After reconvening, the council tabled the item, setting this for a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 21.
Mayor Pruski also offered an update on the city park projects, as discussed during the Jan. 7 Poth Economic Development Corp. meeting. The mayor said Poth has made it past the first phase of the process to secure a Major League Baseball grant to build a new baseball field. According to Pruski, the city will learn whether the grant request is successful in three to four months, by which time, the baseball season will be over and construction could begin.
Also discussed was the installation of a retention pond to collect water from the park. The proposed pond was described as aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional. As these subjects were part of an update, no action was taken on either item.
In other business, the council has ordered an election for May 11 in order to fill three council seats. The council also approved early voting dates.
In attendance: Mayor Travis Pruski, Public Works Manager Buck Griffin; councilmen Linda Criado, Steve Martinez, Paul Martinez, and Eric Ramirez.
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