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Stockdale targets infrastructure projects
Stockdale streets and drainage will see improvement, after a city council workshop March 5 to discuss projects.
Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin provided the council the following street improvement estimates:
•Curbing, $20 per linear foot
•Paving, $40 per linear foot.
Akin suggested the following streets for improvement within the city:
•East Street, approximately 1,455 feet; estimated cost, $90,000. This project would begin after the waterlines are laid.
•Free Timber, approximately 914 feet; estimated cost, $55,000. An additional $8,000 will be needed for new water connections.
•Eighth to Sixth Street
Funding for street improvements will come from a street account. Since 2010, the city has placed $4,000 per month from the city’s other accounts into a street fund. Also, in May 2013, Stockdale residents approved a one-quarter of one-cent sales tax, designated for improvements to residential streets. It was predicted this would add $40,000 to $50,000 annually to the street account.
During the March 5 workshop, Akin said the street balance totals $302,000, even after the city has conducted other projects, such as drainage improvements near Finch Funeral Chapel on South Fourth Street.
Akin informed the council that the city was approved as a recipient of a $275,000 Texas Community Development Block Grant, with the city to match $13,000. This funding will assist with the purchase of an aerator and provide a 12-inch waterline from Business 87 to S.H. 123 along East Street, Akin said.
With no objections from the council, the city manager will begin contacting the engineers to begin the process for design and elevation, with the bid process anticipated in November.
It is estimated that first project could begin in January 2015.
Also in attendance was former City Manager Carl Lambeck, who offered some insight regarding water and sewage lines.
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