City fighting AEP rate hike

City Manager Joe B. Montez

BEEVILLE – City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday, June 25, to award a contract for engineering services for two important projects to LNV Engineering.

The company, which has offices in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, will provide engineering services for projects ongoing at the Moore Street Wastewater Treatment Plant and the George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.

LNV will be paid slightly less than $1.5 million for the work it has done on planning the two projects.

City voters recently approved a $10 million bond sale to finance those two projects.

Of that, approximately $3 million will be invested in improvements to the Swinney Switch treatment plant and the remainder will be spent on modernizing the wastewater treatment plant.

Council members also approved the payment of $65,976.99 to Beck Brothers, a local contractor that built a concrete sidewalk from the city’s north end to the entrance to Coastal Bend College.

The sidewalk runs along the east side of the U.S. Highway 181 Business route and the south side of Charco Road. The total cost of that project was approximately $250,000.

City Manager Joe B. Montez said the city will withhold 10 percent of the final payment to the contractor until the final inspection on the project has been completed on June 28.

Council members also approved paying the Gonzales De La Garza company $22,000 for work being performed at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex on a groundwater project.

The company has been building a ground storage tank and treatment facilities on the far east side of the former naval air station to serve a groundwater development project for the City of Beeville.

Four wells recently drilled at that location will provide a backup source of water and reduce the amount of water the Beeville Water Supply District will have to purchase from the City of Corpus Christi in the future.

The entire project is expected to cost the city $4.5 million.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Approve a request from the owners of local radio station, Dalé 107.1, to close the 100 block of East Bowie Street from 3 p.m. until midnight on Aug. 9 for a second anniversary event.

— Authorize the city to install a stop sign on Amistad Street upon a recommendation from Beeville’s Traffic Safety Commission.

— Approve a letter of understanding between the Beeville Police Department and the Universal Substance Abuse Prevention Program. The agreement is a routine requirement.

— Appoint Josephine Miller to serve as a member of the city’s planning and zoning and building standard committees.

— Approve the appointment of Bee County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Bridge to determine the effective tax rate and rollback tax rate for the city.

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