Road repairs ahead

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Long anticipated street improvements may soon become a reality in the City of Bridgeport.

At their meeting Tuesday, councilmembers will consider authorizing staff to publish a notice of intent to issue approximately $5.2 million in certificates of obligation to fund the project, which will begin in the next fiscal year.

William Myers, executive director of the city’s economic development corporation (EDC), will request the city consider combining their bond issue with his intentions to issue $1.2 million for infrastructure at Endeavor Bridgeport business park.

If the city approves that request, a total $6.4 million in bonds would be issued to cover both projects and the cost of the bond issue.

Officials will also knock out a couple of items pertaining to the construction of a perimeter fence around the Northwest Off-Highway Vehicle Park. For its participation in the Texas OHV decal program, the city will receive $10,000 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, which will be applied toward the project. After accepting that donation, the city will then consider awarding a bid in an amount not to exceed $67,325 to 3-H Fence for the fence construction.

The council will also deliberate two $35,000 budget amendments – one in the economic development fund to construct a concrete drive near Yesterday’s Texas on U.S. 380 and another for information technology services for the city by PC Pro’s. The city’s IT technician is leaving to pursue further education.

Since the police department’s canine handler, J.T. Manoushagian, has taken a job with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the council will consider transferring the canine, Acor, to WCSO. According to information in the agenda packet, Sheriff David Walker has agreed to help the city obtain private donations to purchase another animal.

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