Leamons: City working on water, sewer, street projects
By Glen Rose City Administrator Michael Leamons
For the City of Glen Rose, this is the year for infrastructure projects. The City recently awarded an $86,000 contract for repaving a portion of Mary Lynn Street just north of SW Barnard Street with hot mix. That portion of the street is very rough due to settling caused by voids under the pavement.
In preparation for the paving contract, another contractor was hired and has already filled the voids with polyurethane. The repaving project will be completed prior to the start of school. The contractor is also expected to repave a small area at the intersection of Holden and Lilly and a newly constructed right turn lane on Gaither Street where it intersects College Street.
The City also recently awarded a contract for re-drilling Well No. 4 on Bryan Street. Problems in the bottom of the existing well had greatly reduced the well’s production capacity, prompting the City to move forward with the $133,000 project. The new well should be completed this summer.
Due to the recent contract amendment with the Somervell County Water District, which allows the City to produce up to half of the water it needs from its wells, this project has taken on a greater degree of significance. Having dual water supplies puts the City in the enviable position of being able to toggle from one supply to the other should any problems arise with either the District’s or the City’s system.
In January, the City was awarded $500,000 in grant funds through the Texas Community Development Block Grant program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture for a street and drainage project in the area referred to by some as “Wolf City.” A 10% local match of $50,000 was required for this project.
In anticipation of this award, last year the City bought some lots on an undeveloped portion of Elm Street, just south of 4th Street for a detention pond to be built with project funds which will help reduce flooding in the area. The project also includes paving and curb and gutter work for portions of 4th, Webster, and Clay Streets. Bids are currently being solicited. It is expected the majority of this project will be completed prior to the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30).
The Stoneview Lift Station project has been under consideration for about 12 years, ever since the City began annexing and planning for growth along Highway 67 east of town. In recent years, the City secured the easements and real estate needed for the project; then, the City Council authorized $1.5 million for the project’s construction.
The lift station will be built on a lot donated by Tres Rios RV Resort. It will enable the City to provide sewer service to a large area on both sides of Highway 67. The project should be completed in about 4 to 5 months.
The 7-11 convenience store and fueling station planned for the southeast corner of the intersection of Highways 144 and 67 will be serviced by the new lift station. It is believed 7-11 is a harbinger of the growth that will come to that area now that sewer service is being made available.
Another capital improvement, the Grand Avenue Lift Station with an expected price tag of $900,000, has been in the works for several years as one of many components of a Texas Water Development Board project consisting of 40% in grant, 40% in low interest loan, and 20% in local match funding. This lift station will replace another one near the end of its useful life and will be located on property owned by the Water District on NE Barnard Street adjacent to the old Keith homestead. This project is currently out for bids and, along with the CDBG project, is expected to be awarded at the July 13th Council meeting.
Two water main projects included in this year’s budget have been designed and will soon be put out for bids, but construction probably won’t get underway in earnest until the beginning of the City’s next fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1. One main will loop a dead end line on Tom Rumph Road to another dead end line on Gibbs Boulevard. The other main will go under Highway 67 on the east side of town looping the system on the north side of the highway into the system on the south side of the highway.
As you might expect, the City’s reserves will be tapped to provide funding for some of the above projects. Nevertheless, there is no cause for concern as the City Council has adopted a policy committing itself to maintaining reserves equal to 100% of the City’s General Fund and 50% of the City’s Utility Fund annual operating expenditures. In general, reserves of 25% to 50% are considered adequate for a municipality.