The project had been held up for a hydraulic study to see if water was available and to replot the land from six lots to five.
Those requirements were fulfilled, and the city’s code inspector Bob Baker said the project was “good to go.”
“Olivares Ventures is very pleased with the city council’s approval of our development project,” said Domingo Olivares, president of the San Antonio-based corporation. “We believe that there was a need for this kind of development before the Eagle Ford Shale Play and felt the time was right to move forward.”
The duplexes will face Tullos Street between Woodhull Avenue and Hermann Avenue.
Five duplexes will be built for a total of 10 dwellings, each having three bedrooms, two baths and a one-car garage.
Each unit will be approximately 1,100 square feet in size. And each will have a brick façade for the front and hardy board siding on the sides and back of the home.
“We are planning on breaking ground by the end of June and are targeting a November/December completion date, barring weather and construction delays,” Olivares said.
City Councilman Murrell Foster made the motion to approve the development, and Tim Stroleny seconded. The vote was unanimous.
The council also approved a street project for Hill and Rosa streets if the initial bid by Mission Paving is still good. That bid was $373,825.
City Secretary Rosie Forehand said most of the street projects currently underway have been covered by an increase in sales tax rather than money from the general fund, as originally planned.
So far, $604,063 has been billed for the current projects.
Mayor James Liska said he’s received lots of compliments on the street projects.
The council approved the purchase of a dewatering box. The initial price for the box was $59,000, but the price was lowered to $49,917, allowing the council to approve the purchase without seeking bids. The dewatering box is used to haul sludge.
The council approved adopting new city codes. The city was using 2006 standards. The new codes are 2009 standards.
The codes include international building codes, international fire codes, international residential codes, international mechanical codes, international fuel/gas codes, international energy conservation codes and international swimming pool and spa codes.
The council also approved purchasing another 33.5 horsepower pump for the lake at a cost of $27,000. The first had been purchased May 16.
Estimated pumping using the two new pumps was 2,800 and 3,600 gallons per minute.
The council also approved hiring three new positions: wastewater department, entry level salary at $10 an hour; water department, entry level salary of $10 and hour; and the maintenance/construction/repair department, entry level salary of $9 an hour.
The following permits were granted: a mobile home permit for East Tullos Street, Block 19, Tract No. 6.; three RV/travel trailer permits for East McMullen Street, Block No. 105, lots 17, 18 and 19 – contingent upon a privacy fence being built; and a mobile home permit for 1814 Hill Street.
Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff gave the oath of office to three city councilmen, who were unopposed in the May 12 election: Murrell Foster, Place 1; Rey Treviño, Place 2; and Tim Stroleny, Place 3.
Huff told the city council he appreciated the good working relationship it had with the county.