By Gary Kent
BEEVILLE – City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 23, to hire Beck Bros. Inc. to build a sidewalk along North St. Mary’s Street (U.S. Highway 181 Business) and FM 3355 to the entrance of Coastal Bend College.
City Manager Joe B. Montez said the city will spend $259,850 on the project.
Although the city had budgeted $250,000 to build a five-foot wide, 4,200-linear foot sidewalk from the area at the Tractor Supply Store to the entrance of the college, he said the additional funds could be provided.
The city manager said a meeting of the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation had been scheduled for the lunch hour that day. However, the meeting had to be canceled because City Secretary Gabriela Hernandez had not been able to get a quorum of members to attend.
At that meeting, Montez had intended to ask for BEIC board for an additional $9,860 needed to complete the project.
The plans call for a 5-foot-wide sidewalk to be built with 4 inches of reinforced concrete located 3 feet from the street.
“It’s a pretty good project,” Montez told the council.
Robert Beck, principal for the contracting company, was present at the meeting.
Council members said they were glad the project would go to a local contractor.
“We’re excited about Beck Brothers bidding and keeping the project in town,” Mayor Pro Tem Benny Puente Jr. commented.
Council member Randy Forbes asked if the city had plans to prevent motorized vehicles from using the sidewalk once it is completed.
Montez said he expected skateboarders and bicycle riders to use the sidewalk, but he did not think that would be a problem because of the width of the sidewalk.
Montez said the city could post signs along the sidewalk saying that motorized vehicles would not be allowed on it.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Authorize Mayor Ubaldo “Bebe” Adamez to be the official signer on the document accepting a $200,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant department.
The city will required to provide $50,000 in matching funds for the grant. The money will be used to replace aging water lines in some parts of the city.
— Adopt the required civil rights policy required by the CDBG grant agreement.
— Approve a $10,000 donation to the Court Appointed Special Advocate program that serves Bee, Live Oak and McMullen counties.
— Authorize designated parking for early voting activity from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.
— Accept the 2018 tax roll as prepared by the Bee County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.
— Accept a “ramp grant” of approximately $40,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for work to be done at the Beeville Municipal Airport.
Montez said the project would include improvements to the facility’s perimeter fence, replacement of a beacon bulb and small projects around the property.
The council also approved a five-year extension of the contract with Beeville Air Services to serve as the fixed base operator of the facility.
— Authorize the city manager to seek proposals for bank depository services for the city to begin on Jan. 2, 2019, and end on Jan. 1, 2024.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.