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Eagle Ford: Poth keeps project costs contained
POTH -- The city continues to be frugal in its approach to spending, even on planned projects. The trend continued during the March 18 meeting of the Poth City Council.
According to its published agenda, the council was to address several projects, including water tank storage, rehabilitation of streets in the Old Town area, and Voges Street improvements.
City Secretary Rose Huizar confirmed after the meeting that the water storage tank project is in its beginning stages. The city engineer will proceed with the bid process, she said.
“The storage tank is the first major piece of improving the water plant,” said Mayor Travis Pruski after the meeting. The estimated cost, said Pruski, is between $500,000 and $600,000.
Regarding the Old Town streets project, the council approved proceeding with replacing waterlines and purchasing materials, Huizar said. This is the first of three phases, Pruski added -- water and sewer lines will be dealt with, then the streets finished after the utilities are completed.
To facilitate the projected work on Voges Street, the council also reviewed bids for flex-base road material. Bids were received from: Pruski Inc. (no relation to the mayor), GEM Material, HAO Trucking & Construction, and Raptor P Transport.
“The base bid will help us save $10,000 on the project,” the mayor said.
In other money matters, the council approved the purchase of two vehicles for city departments -- a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe for the police department for $11,000 and a 2011 Ford F-150 truck for the water works department for $18,477.
“The vehicles were paid in cash and are within the budget,” the mayor said.
In addition to improvements and infrastructure issues, a public hearing was scheduled regarding a petition for a change in the zoning map, requested by Farmco Transport LLC. The company wishes to convert 1.16 acres of a 13.14-acre tract from R-1 single family dwelling to a general business district. The mayor announced the hearing was canceled, due to the absence of Chris Pipes, who had withdrawn his request.
“Farmco is still interested in building in the city,” Pruski said. “They want to stay within our master plan.”
In other matters, Huizar said, the council approved a request from Jim Helmke on behalf of the Wilson County Radio Club/Wilson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), for a variance to enable the group to stay overnight in the city park June 22-23. This will facilitate the members to participate in National Field Day for Amateur Radio Operators. The group provides communications for government agencies, disaster relief organizations, training exercises, and events, such as emergencies or disasters.
This does not contravene the city’s stance on “camping” in the park, the mayor said.
“The ARES group will be performing a 24-hour test,” he added. “... they picked our park because they said it was the nicest in the area.”
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