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Poth Page: Paving streets with savings for future projects
To the Citizens of Poth,
We are ready for an extremely busy and exciting 2013 for the city of Poth. We will have several street, water, sewer, and park projects planned for the spring and summer months.
The first project we want to update you on is the Voges Street rehabilitation. The contractor is finished with the water infrastructure replacement. They will be moving to the sewer lines next. This will take about four to six weeks depending on the weather conditions. Shortly after that, they will work on rebuilding the streets. This includes all feeder streets from F.M. 541 to Voges. The cost of the project is: sewer, $88,000; water, $90,000; and streets, $177,000; for a total of $355,000. This is about $200,000 less than originally thought when the council put together our plan 10 years ago, and is about five years ahead of schedule. We want to thank Buck Griffin, Dean Bayer, and Pruski Hauling for working so hard to get this job on track and under budget. The project is paid for in full with savings and money the city obtained from the oil lease of the sewer plant. We also want to thank the citizens of the Voges subdivision with their input on drainage issues and their patience while the project is being completed.
With the savings we incurred in the Voges project, we will be able to add several more street rehabilitations to our spring projects. At the March meeting, we will be presenting to city council a plan to rebuild Sylvester, Schriewer, Chamber, Titcomb, and the northeast end of Schneider streets. Our plan is to start construction on these streets while the base is curing on Voges. This will allow us to pave all the streets mentioned above and the Voges subdivision at a greatly discount rate. Everything in the project will be paid for with savings. No debt will be incurred for this or any other project we have planned. Once this project is completed, we will have replaced more than 90 percent of the streets, waterlines, and sewer lines in the city. The remaining streets are scheduled to be replaced next spring.
The third project will be the seal coating of many streets throughout town. This is part of our approval city improvement plan. Every three to five years, we will seal coat the streets we have already rebuilt. We will be doing that work, along with the paving on the streets mentioned above. Again, this will greatly reduce the price. We have been putting away money every year for this process so it will be paid for with savings. We are using a new Knippa rock that will improve the overall look and feel of the street.
Water storage tank
The fourth project we will present to council at the March meeting is a 1.5 million gallon water storage tank. This will be the first part of our water plant improvement. The tank will provide two crucial functions for the city. Most importantly, it will store water to ensure the integrity of our water wells -- especially during the hot, dry summer months. The second benefit of the tank is to help lower the temperature of the water during those summer months. It will take several months to complete the bid and building of this project. We will keep you updated.
The fifth project we have planned is the new bathrooms at the city park. This is a project the Poth Economic Development Corp. (PEDC) and UTSA School of Architecture have been working on for the past year. This will provide ADA [the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990] code bathroom stalls, water fountains, and shade cover. It will be located on the concrete walking trail between the pavilion and the baseball fields. The total cost is about $50,000. This is about half the estimated cost. This is due to us working with local contractors. The city employees will perform the plumbing and city engineer Dean Bayer did the planning work for free. The funding for this project comes from the Poth EDC ($20,000), the Ride to Remember ($5,200), and the city ($25,000). The cinder blocks for the main walls were donated.
I thank you for taking the time to read this and stay informed about the city. We are very excited about the future plans for the city. This will be a great year.
Travis Pruski is the mayor of Poth.
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March 1, 2013 11:33am
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