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Section A: General News


St. Hedwig council discusses bridge




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East Central Independent School District students living in St. Hedwig may have to wait four more years to cross the Martinez Bridge on Miller Road.

Members of the St. Hedwig city council and citizens heard Dec. 5 from Darci Shipull, a representative from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), about the bridge.

The Off Systems Bridge Presentation given by Shipull provided a timeline and factors in deciding the bridge’s completion date, which could be 2017. Shipull said the city will receive a total bridge replacement, but it may have to wait until September 2016 for the project to begin.

TxDOT will provide the funding for the bridge replacement, but requires a resolution from the city in order to take any action. Shipull said the city could also file for a waiver of the 10 percent of the project it would owe for the replacement through an equivalent match program. This program allows previous bridge projects similar to the new project to replace the funds.

The council tabled the item until its January meeting, pending updated information on the Martinez Bridge from TxDOT.

Also during the meeting, the council approved CPS Energy’s franchise fees and extended its contract with CPS Energy for 20 years.

Also approved by the council was a hazardous waste pick up, date pending. Councilman Susann Baker said there is a limit to the amount of waste that can be accepted at the pick-up site.

No action was taken on the city road project, which also was on the agenda.

St. Hedwig city council Dec. 5 regular meeting. In attendance: Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Padalecki; councilmen Susann Baker, David Rakowitz, and Walter Wyrwich; City Secretary Barbara Pawelek: Planning and Zoning Chairman Kathy Palmer.
 

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