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Pipeline project delayed, again

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, May 31, 2014

Plans to construct a gas line to the future site of a roofing materials manufacturer have been delayed for a third time.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council will consider approving a third change order for the project.

The city entered into a Texas Capital Fund grant contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture in October of 2012. The project has been delayed as a result of issues with the location of the pipeline in relation to railroad and TxDOT right-of-ways.

Last November, the council awarded a $257,447 bid to Driver Pipeline to construct the line, with work slated to begin in January. Before work commenced, Union Pacific Railroad notified U.S. Ply that the necessary permit had not been issued.

The delay prompted the first change order.

In April, the council approved a second change order that increased the project cost by $61,081.93.

“The increase was a direct result of re-alignment of the pipeline in order to comply with railroad crossing standards,” City Administrator Brandon Emmons said in April.

Construction began May 21, and officials believe the change order to be proposed Tuesday will allow sufficient time to complete the work.

TABLED ITEMS

City officials are also scheduled to take action on items postponed during the May 20 meeting.

The council will consider awarding a bid for the installation of an on-site septic system at Bridgeport Municipal Airport, and granting a special exception allowing a 1,088-square-foot home in the 1200 block of Brush Street.

City ordinance, which was amended in February, says dwellings must be at least 1,200 square feet.

Officials postponed the items in order to ensure that the newly seated council members had time to research the information before making a decision.

The latter item will require a public hearing, as will an item to continue the city’s drought contingency plan.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council will also:

  • consider designating a mayor pro tem and a voting representative to the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ general assembly.
  • consider adjusting resident Barry Wood’s wastewater bill to reflect his established usage at a previous residence. Wood moved from one residence to another in the city in April. City ordinance says wastewater accounts are charged a minimum bill based on the citywide average water usage until an account has established a monthly average. That average is derived from water consumption in January and February. If an account is not active during those months, then the account will be billed for 6,500 gallons of wastewater.
  • consider renewing a promisory note with First State Bank, borrowed in 2008 for the purchase of 311 acres south of the airport, known as Rutherford Ranch. The property is to be used for runway expansion.
  • recognize the Sparklers dance team for placing second in the youth jazz division at a competition at Six Flags earlier this month.
  • hear reports on the city’s investment portfolio and on the April financials and consider the May 20 meeting minutes in a newly implemented consent agenda.

The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. It is open to the public.

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