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St. Hedwig focuses on road repairs
By Vince Rodriguez
Tackling road repairs in an economical manner is challenging, especially for a city the size of St. Hedwig, which is why the city council has discussed consulting with an engineer before proceeding with pending infrastructure projects.
Councilman Francisco Arevalo, citing $28,500 in road costs for the previous month alone, suggested that consulting with an engineering firm would be in the town’s best financial interest before continuing construction in certain areas. According to multiple citizens who addressed the council March 6, budget and dollars aside, the quality of work being done on the city’s roads is commendable.
Also related to road issues, the council will meet with engineers March 18 to discuss the proposed repairs to the Martinez Bridge on Miller Road. The city is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to repair the bridge over the Martinez Creek.
In other business, the council approved revising the city’s franchise agreement with CPS Energy. The CPS franchise fee will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent. This will not impact citizens’ power bills; however, the city will receive more money from CPS Energy to counter wear and tear by the utility in providing service.
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Heard a report from St. Hedwig Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Padalecki. He said his department responded to 26 fires in January and February; however, St. Hedwig is not under a burn ban. He encouraged area residents to use caution when burning trash or brush in the dry conditions.
•Approved a hazardous waste disposal event for Saturday, March 22, starting at 8 a.m. City residents can dispose of hazardous waste, such as paint, solvents, and other specified material, upon providing proof of residence, such as a tax form. Volunteers are welcome to assist.
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