Construction Projects Update Given at Center City Council Meeting - February 25, 2014
Composed by J.J. Ford
Construction crew working on Martin Luther King Drive
The Center City Council meet in regular session on Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Council Room at City Hall. Not present was Council Members Leigh Porterfield and Howell Howard. Chad Nehring gave an update on sales tax and on projects around town. Nehring said, "It's a little bit of hesitant good news; sales tax came in a little bit better than last year for the same period." He reported that after digging deeper into the cause of the increase, it was found to be due to commercial and industrial sales tax generators and not wholesale/retail tax.
City Mayor David Chadwick requested an update on construction projects around town. Nehring reported, "We've issued a building permit to TENET [Nacogdoches Medical Center]. They have already started construction, that is I guess the easiest to see. Center Motor Company is in the process of filing their construction plans, working out final details." Nehring continued to speak about the new construction of Center Motor Company which will be located on the property on Hurst Street between McDonald's and Express Blvd. He also mentioned C.P. Homes while discussing the City's infrastructure construction to provide water, sewer, and streets for the new construction. C.P. Homes is building a new assisted living facility on property located behind Tractor Supply in Center.
The City has applied for Texas Capital Fund Grants for public improvement funding. Nehring said, "We are already soliciting for proposals for grant management and engineering designs for both the grant to go along with Center Motor [Company's] development for the street, as well as, the water/sewer and street construction work to go along for C.P. Homes. C.P. Homes has already submitted their site plans and their construction documents. They just have not yet hired a contractor or pulled a permit."
It was also mentioned the City will have a public hearing Tuesday, February 25, 2014 concerning the sewer project on the south side of the city. The public hearing is required for the city to go into the next phase of final design. There are some areas which the city is still working with land owners concerning easements.
Center Softball Complex
Mayor Chadwick asked Chad Nehring for an update concerning the newly constructed softball fields. Nehring reported, "I got a good news phone call." He was informed the girls league which normally averages 140 sign-ups had a 210 girls to sign up. Also, he reported the high school softball has already scheduled a tournament for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and they will utilize the new fields along with their own.
Final projects mentioned included Lakewood Subdivision water/sewage project, Hwy 7 East and Loop 500 sewer project, Martin Luther King construction, and the recent Westview Cemetery Historical Marker Dedication. Lakewood sewer is almost complete and several home owners has requested the individual connections be made immediately. The Hwy 7 East and Loop 500 sewer project is on hold while SWEPCO determines the needed placement of electric polls which are currently located in the middle of the roadway and in the middle of a man hole for the sewer system. MLK Construction reports having poured about 20% of the concrete and has received positive community feedback. The MLK Construction project is completely funded through grant money.
During the meeting, Council approved the minutes of the Regular Meeting and the Council Workshop on January 27, 2014. They entered into a public hearing regarding the rezoning of 1217 Louisiana Street, Rezoning Application 2013-5. The request for rezoning was made by the property owner and was to rezone the area from commercial back to single family (SF-1). No comment was made during the Public Hearing and it closed.
The first action item on the agenda was approval of an Extension of Lease Agreement with Sudden Link Communications for 400 Riggs Street. The agreement is for a five year term and is the first renewal of two optional five year renewals included in the lease. The City has historically leased the land to the cable provider in exchange for a lease fee and use of the tower for emergency communications equipment. Council approved the Lease Agreement.
Council then approved the Rezoning Application 2013-5 discussed prior in the meeting during the Public Hearing.
Council had two boards or committees for which to consider appointments, Center Housing Authority Board of Directors and Center Economic Development Corporation for Street Improvements. Dana Allen, Center Housing Authority Director, submitted a letter to the City concerning the expiration of term for two board members, Wayne Howard and Merle Howard. Both agreed to serve another term and Council approved their reappointment. Council tabled the appointment of a new member to the Center EDC for Street Improvements. The board currently has a vacant position due the passing of Council Member Charles Byndom.
No additional items were on the agenda for action and the meeting adjourned.