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El Rancho Grande roads may cost more than $875K


El Rancho Grande roads may cost more than $875K
Floresville city engineer Larry Heimer gives a presentation to the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) board Dec. 9 about a proposed streets-construction project for the FEDC’s El Rancho Grande Industrial Park.


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FLORESVILLE -- According to preliminary estimates, it could cost more than $875,000 for the construction of roads in the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s (FEDC) El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537 southeast of here. This is according to a presentation from Floresville city engineer Larry Heimer during the FEDC’s Dec. 9 board meeting.

Heimer is working with the board and FEDC Executive Director Tommy Baker to prepare documents ahead of soliciting bids for the project, which is anticipated to occur in March. Heimer said the goal is to have the roads completed by the end of summer.

The project will include the addition of base material and asphalt pavement to both Cardinal and Rancho Grande drives. Existing base material, Heimer said, varies in thickness from 2 to 14 inches, with widths varying from 23 to 26 feet. Existing base material will be utilized wherever possible, he said, with additional material applied to create a minimum 10-inch thickness when complete.

Costs associated with that aspect of the project -- the base bid -- have an estimated total of $655,730. There also are two alternate items -- a two-course surface treatment that could add at least $127,050 to the price tag, and asphalt pavement at 2 inches thick at an additional $219,450.

During the board’s discussions with Heimer, concerns were raised over the potential for greater wear and tear at the intersection of the two roadways. Stopping, starting, and turning of tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles could prove to be a maintenance nightmare. This is why the board asked Heimer to provide an additional estimate of what it would cost to use reinforced concrete to construct the intersection. He said the estimate would be provided at the board’s next meeting.

The board took no action related to the paving project, or on proposed financial counsel and financial advisor services. If the FEDC proceeds with the project, it likely would sell bonds to fund construction of the roads.

Also during the meeting, the board:

•Tabled discussion of a funding request for renovations by Natalie May, owner of the Arcadia Theatre in Floresville.

•Voted to allow Baker to join the Texas Economic Development Council, at a cost of $450 per year.

•Voted that all sales-tax proceeds should be deposited into the FEDC’s checking account.

•Voted that the city’s water department should install an 8-inch waterline and fire hydrants to accommodate lots 4, 5, and 6 in the Veterans Business Park, at an estimated cost of $15,892.53.

Floresville Economic Development Corp. board meeting, Dec. 9. In attendance: Board members Andy Eubanks, Mary Helen Tieken, Ray Lamberth, and Jason Talley; City Engineer Larry Heimer, Comptroller Lara Feagins, and City Manager Henrietta Turner.
 

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