Council postpones action on engineering for utility projects
by Gary Kent
Oct 31, 2013 | 207 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

BEEVILLE – City Council members postponed taking any action on two utility-related items on last week’s agenda until they can determine whether the projects will require action by a registered engineering firm.

One was for the preparation of plans and specifications for an emergency generator at the Moore Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the other was for the preparation of specifications for repairing and painting elevated water storage tanks within the city.

Water Superintendent Cesario Vela said he prepared the specifications for both types of projects for municipal governments in Portland and Weslaco while working in those cities.

He said he was able to accomplish those jobs without the services of an engineer.

“I’m just trying to save the city money,” Vela said.

Engineer Stephen Grunewald of Urban Engineering in Corpus Christi recommended that the council table the agenda items until he could determine whether the state requires a registered engineer to sign off on the specifications.

Vela said he did not think the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would require an engineer for either project.

Council members suggested they would like to save money on the projects, if possible. But they wanted to make sure the state would allow the projects to be prepared for bidders without the assistance of an engineer.

Previously, the council voted to pay Urban $8,500 for the firm’s preparation of plans and specifications on sidewalk renovations downtown. That was to be paid out of the Beeville Main Street budget.

The council also agreed to pay Urban $99,750 for engineering work performed by the company on an irrigation well recently drilled at Veterans Memorial Park.
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