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Eagle Ford: Council discusses street improvements
STOCKDALE -- Items related to street improvements dominated the April 2 meeting of the Stockdale City Council meeting. Residents questioned the necessity of construction on Wheeler Street and the disruption caused by it.
Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin and Mayor Johnny Stahl responded that the road should be completed by June and residents should anticipate delays of 15 minute to 30 minutes during construction. They added that the proposed increase of one-quarter of one-cent sales tax would be designated for improvements to residential streets.
The anticipated $40,000 to $50,000 income from the sales tax increase will double the funding available for street maintenance within the city, Stahl said.
Stahl reminded the council that the alternate route to the industrial park would involve the construction of a $1.5 million bridge off U.S. 87.
Akin advised the council about construction at the intersection of Business Avenue and West Wheeler Street within the industrial park that will cost approximately $9,000.
In a related issue, the council also approved the payment of an invoice from Southwest Securities for bond services related to the city’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans.
During the city manager’s comments, Akin said the city’s total available funding in the city’s general, utilities, and savings accounts totals more than $1.2 million.
Akin also informed the council about a civil lawsuit filed by Victor L. and Mollie P. Soefie against the city in the 218th Judicial District Court.
This suit follows the March 5 split vote by the Stockdale City Council against a rezoning request by the Soefjes for a property located at the end of South Eighth Street. The council’s vote denied a request to rezone the property from single-family to a multi-family district. See March 13, “Council split over proposed manufactured home subdivision,” for more.
Also during the meeting, the council approved several youth-related items. See page 6A for more.
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