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Council approves grant, bid for fence project

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, July 20, 2013

A $10,000 grant to the city of Bridgeport was appreciated even more after the council moved on to the next item on its agenda Tuesday evening.

For its participation in the Texas OHV decal program, the city’s parks and recreation department received $10,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Those funds will be applied toward the city’s required match for the 2011 Texas Recreation Trail grant – which will fund a large portion of the construction of a perimeter fence around Northwest OHV Park.

They will need it all, as the council went on to award a contract not to exceed $113,325 to H2 Construction for the fence project, despite a staff recommendation to award the job to 3H Fence, which bid $67,325.

Representatives of both companies were present at Tuesday’s meeting. When asked why there was such a big difference between the lowest and next lowest bid, both agreed it was rental of heavy equipment to clear a required 7-foot pathway around the fence and hauling off of the brush.

H2 was to use bulldozers, while 3H Fence said they would go with chainsaws.

“Our specs did not require dozer work,” said Ryan Nolting, director of parks and recreation.

However, council members appeared to prefer it.

“I think the dozers will give a cleaner look; it’s going to be something we can be more proud of; and it will make the area more accessible,” said Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • heard from resident Sandra Smith, who requested the city not spray for mosquitoes and instead look into alternatives. A Texas certified master gardener, she said the chemicals used in spraying are damaging to the plants in her yard and the bees that pollinate them.
  • approved a $35,000 amendment to the 2012-13 budget to pay for contracted information technology services. The city’s IT technician will leave in mid-August to pursue further education.
  • approved transferring the police deparment’s canine, Acor, to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office after the department’s former canine handler, J.T. Manoushagian, took a job with the WCSO. Police Chief Randy Singleton said Sheriff David Walker has agreed to help the city obtain private donations to purchase another animal “at the appropriate time.” Singleton said his department doesn’t have a place to kennel the dog, a handler or the funds to train one right now. “And we feel it’s more beneficial for the animal to remain with [Manoushagian]; he’s been with him for two years,” Singleton said. “We still have access to the dog. The sheriff’s office is willing to work with us.”
  • proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation Month and read a list of planned activities at the pool in its observance. A pirate party is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the city pool. Also, the pool will stay open until 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, for late night swim. “I want to be one of the first to say, ‘Y’all are doing a great job,’” Mayor Keith McComis told the department’s staff, Ryan Nolting (director) and Chris Heasley (recreation coordinator).
  • reviewed the July 4-17 payment report in the amount of $676,499.62.
  • adopted the annual Youth Services Standards of Care Policy for the parks and rec department’s after school care program and other camps.
  • OK’d the minutes from its July 2 regular meeting and July 9 budget workshop.
  • heard reports from the finance department on June financials and the Chamber of Commerce on the visitor center.

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