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Council awards contract for water improvements to Lightburne area
by Gary Kent
Oct 29, 2012 | 1219 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — City Council members voted to award a contract to M&C Fonseca Construction of Marble Falls for work scheduled on the city’s far west side when they met Tuesday evening last week at City Hall.

The company had the lowest of three bids on the project, coming in at $278,413.08. Engineers Jim Urban and Stephen Grunewald recommended approval of the bid, saying they had checked out the company and found it reputable.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said the project will be paid out of city funds and a $300,000 matching Community Development Block Grant.

The scope of the project will include the replacement and upgrading of existing water lines, valves and hydrants in the Lightburne Street area.

Council members also scheduled a public hearing for their Nov. 13 meeting to hear comments on a proposed increase in solid waste collection rates.

Ballí told council members that Allied Waste had increased the city’s rates twice in recent years and those increases were not passed on to customers by the city. She said the last time the council increased trash collection rates was in 2008.

The council will be asked to consider increasing the monthly fee for collecting trash from the current $20.84 a month to $21.33 a month.

Previously this month, the council approved several park use requests, street closing requests, hotel and motel tax fund applications.

The council also rescinded a previously approved tax abatement agreement with Kaspar Ranch Hand Equipment and replaced it with another agreement, and appointed Councilmen John Fulghum and David Carabajal to work with the city staff on proposed city charter revisions.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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