Officials to accept completed park improvements

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Improvements at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport have been completed, city officials have inspected them and the companies involved in the project have presented paperwork stating that they’ve been paid in full.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council will consider accepting the public improvements in an ordinance.

H2 Construction, doing business as Sudds Rig Washing and Construction, installed 19,000 linear feet of barbed wire, slick wire and pipe rail fence to serve as the border of the off-road park.

Also on Tuesday, the council is to award contracts for legal and engineering services.

In August, council members asked city officials to “shop around to see what else is out there,” adding that the decision was not meant to indicate any discontent with the current providers.

The council will also approve leases for other packages approved during budget-writing over the summer, including four police Tahoes, copiers and a postage meter.

The council will also consider:

  • revisions to an economic development performance agreement with Crisp Real Estate Properties for a public access concrete drive on property along U.S. 380. The deadline for construction start has been changed from Oct. 31 to Jan. 31; “attempt to” has been added to “obtain at least three bids”; and the reimbursement deadline is March 31, 2014, instead of Dec. 31, 2013.
  • awarding a grant management contract to Gary R. Traylor and Associates Inc. The city will receive funds from the Texas Community Development Block Grant program to help pay for the reconstruction of existing water lines.
  • purchasing 120 replacement magazines for handguns for police officers with money from the court security fund. Each defendant convicted of a misdemeanor offense must pay a $3 security fee, which is deposited into that fund, and money from that fund can only be used for specific purposes.
  • establishing a credit account with Wise County Tax Office for tax certificates required with plat approvals. Typically, city staff would obtain petty cash from the finance department to pay for the certificates, which cost $10 each.
  • amended library fees.
  • a request to change the zoning classification of property at 1204 Cobb Street from apartment district to manufactured housing.
  • waiving rental fees for the Bridgeport Community Center for a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Christmas party and Bridgeport Stage for a fundraiser.
  • the minutes from meetings on Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.
  • the payment report from Oct. 17 to Nov. 6 in the amount of $257,842.85.

During a workshop at the end of the meeting, the council will discuss improvements to the Lawdwin Ballfields.

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