City to apply for a grant

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, October 6, 2012

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After a public hearing that drew no comment, the Bridgeport City Council Tuesday approved applying for a Texas Community Development Block Grant to get funds for waterline improvements at the Turkey Creek crossing and on Cobb Street, between 13th and 10th streets.

The city will apply for $275,000 in grant funding and would match that with $105,800 out of the water fund, if the grant is approved.

The reconstruction of 1,500 linear feet of water lines at the Turkey Creek crossing and 1,100 feet at Cobb Street was a needed improvement identified last year along with the slew of other water system problems. However, funding was not sufficient in last year’s grant application.

Staff decided to delay the repair to this year’s application and include only the improvements required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) mandatory comprehensive performance evaluation plan of last year’s request.

“The support for (the crossing at Turkey Creek) is not ideal,” City Administrator Brandon Emmons said. “Whenever we have flooding instances, there’s always potential that the crossing itself would wash out, which would cause a loss of water in town … At Cobb Street, we are having to continuously repair and replace waterlines.”

In another action item in the meeting, council hired Gary R. Traylor and Associates to write and administer the grant. If the city is awarded the grant, Traylor would receive $30,000.

The council also:

  • took no action, essentially denying, altering the speed limit for a portion of Farm Road 1658, as reccommended by the Texas Department of Transportation. “I don’t see anything broken there,” Mayor Keith McComis said. Emmons added: “The impact is minimal. The train tracks are natural speed bumps.”
  • renewed the annual interlocal agreement with Wise County for fire protection and first responder services to the unincorporated areas surrounding the city, with a $4,200 monthly compensation.
  • approved a $3,500 Main Street Matching Facade Grant to the Masonic Lodge at 1012A Halsell Street.
  • extended a contract with Higginbotham and Associates Inc. to administer the employee benefit program.
  • heard a yearly report from the parks and recreation department on activities and event attendance.
  • approved the minutes of the Sept. 18, 2012, regular council meeting.

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