Dollar General project hits roadblock

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Paradise city officials are working hard to bring a variety store to town. But those efforts have hit a bump in the road – literally.

Officials with Dollar General have leased property between Texas 114 and School House Road to construct the store. But before work can begin, the city must widen the road that will be used as the entrance to the property.

That project also requires extending and redirecting a culvert.

City officials met recently with engineers at the county and state level to outline how the work would be done.

City secretary Teresa Moody said she was given a list of companies to contact – but she has struggled to find someone to bid on the job.

“I’ve called everybody from Waxahachie to Wichita Falls,” she said, “One person has asked for the plans, but I have not heard back. Everyone else, it’s not in their scope.

Council members asked about alternatives.

“They really don’t like the idea of a metal culvert in their old concrete culvert for some reason,” Moody said, “although I’m sure you could spackle them together, and it would work just fine.”

If the one company that asked for plans doesn’t come through, Moody said they’d ask the county engineer to redraw the plans and see if the state would approve them.

“[We’ll] cry hysterically until they let us go over to Lowery’s and get some metal culvert,” Moody joked. ” … The specs the county engineer drew that the state approved – I don’t know how to make it happen.”

In other news:

  • During the building department report, Moody said contractor Rusty Mann had “backed out” on his plans to build duplexes in town because of the “septic issue.” For several months, the city has been in talks with engineers and school officials to install a citywide sewer system, but the project is still being discussed. No action has been taken.
  • The city council approved a $6,982 contract with Brett Fuller to remodel a storage building behind City Hall. The roof on the existing structure leaks, which has ruined some equipment. Work includes removing the roof, installing flashing and constructing a roof with “enough pitch that we have runoff.”
  • City Hall will be closed Friday, May 23 and Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day and Tuesday, June 10 while the city secretary is on vacation.
  • The council approved the April meeting minutes and financial reports.

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