Kenedy road work completed
by Dan Kleiner
Nov 16, 2010 | 650 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Improvements are continuing in the City of Kenedy as city council signed off on two major items at its regular meeting November 9.

Council approved a total of $19,115 in expenditures from the Kenedy 4B Sales Tax Corporation for improvements to Joe Gulley Park’s baseball and softball facilities, as well as authorizing payment of just over $361,000 for work related to Phase One of the city’s street improvement plan.

The City had originally projected a cost of approximately $450,000 for the work, and was able to make some additional improvements as a result of the savings.

“The main one was cement stabilization,” Project Engineer Eric Villarreal said. “We were able to rehabilitate some streets that were in worse condition than anticipated.”

Phase One of the recently completed Street Improvement plan focused on the area of town bounded by Escondido Street and FM 743. The work addressed approximately one-third of the city, and Phase Two of the plan will likely begin some time in 2011 and take on another one-third of the city’s streets.

The most thorough work took place on portions of Cottonwood, Pecan and Graham streets, where cement stabilization helped reclaim some of the city’s most damaged streets. In addition to approving payment of the total project cost, council also approved a $72,169 change order and $6,800 in engineering fees.

“This completes the 2010 version of this program,” Villarreal said.

Baseball, softball field projects advancing

Two items related to the baseball and softball facilities at Joe Gulley Park in Kenedy were approved November 9.

Council approved total expenditures of $19,115 for six items to be used at the Red Holchak Baseball Field and Annadel Rogers Softball Field, and made slight changes to contract language on the new lighting system to be installed at the baseball field.

The six items purchased included two riding mowers ($8,498), safety pads for Holchak, Rogers and Arenas fields ($1,819), a wind screen ($2,109) and backstop netting ($1,300) for Holchak Field and dugout screen ($326 plus freight) and barrier fence ($4,963) for Rogers Field.

The changes to the Red Holchak Field Lighting System Project are strictly in the language of the resolution. The project will include six poles with 42 1,500-watt fixtures, and could save the City up to $2,355 per year in energy costs, according to Musco representative Tim Oordt. The system is also guaranteed for 25 years or 10,000 hours, whichever comes first, and would meet UIL and Little League requirements for competitive play.

The cost of the project will be approximately $174,000, with $135,500 going towards the system and $39,082 going towards demolition of the existing structures. Once the project is started, Musco will need approximately 50 days for completion.

“Nothing has really changed except for the documentation of it,” city attorney Craig McAda said.

In other action, council:

n granted city manager Ford Patton authority to move forward with negotiations on a non-exclusive right to purchase recycled water agreement with Burlington Resource Oil & Gas Company, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips. The company would like to purchase treated effluent from Kenedy’s wastewater treatment plant for use with fracking of eight to 10 local wells. Representatives from ConocoPhillips said that if the project moves forward, they would likely pursue installing a pipeline to bring the effluent to their storage tank.

“We think it’s a resource that is underutilized and we would like to be ahead of the curve,” Diana Orr with ConocoPhillips said.

“Y’all have a good idea,” council member Felipe Leal said;

- tabled a motion regarding Karnes County Airport Fuel Farm status and reactivation to enable gas fuel sales;

- approved a proposal to relocate the City’s Economic Opportunities Development Corporation (Head Start) to offices near the Kenedy Airport;

- extended for 60 days the review and study period on the City’s oil and gas lease ordinance. The City suspended the issuance of permits in September to review the ordinance, which dates back to the 1960s;

- authorized repair of a Flygt Wastewater System Lift Station;

- authorized rehabilitation of water well No. 9, at a cost of approximately $16,000.
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