The existing lights will be replaced with the new style lights that the Texas Department of Transportation had installed on North Washington Street several years ago.
City Manager Deborah Ballí told the council at the Tuesday evening meeting that every bid submitted by contractors had far exceeded the $150,000 the city had budgeted for the project.
Ballí said the city staff wanted permission to negotiate with Austin Traffic Signals to have only two of the traffic control systems replaced this year.
ATS was the low bidder for the project.
Then, next year, the city could budget the funds to have the remaining two traffic lights replaced.
She said the price for replacing the two traffic control systems would be $164,385.
Ballí said she had two intersections in mind for this year, starting with the intersection of St. Mary’s and Corpus Christi streets.
An accident a couple of months ago destroyed that traffic light and motorists had been dealing with four-way stop signs ever since.
She recommended that the city opt to have the other system installed at the intersection of St. Mary’s and Bowie streets because it normally is one of the busiest intersections in the downtown area.
City Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez made the motion to authorize the staff to contact the company and Councilman John Fulghum seconded the motion. It passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Libby Spires was not at the meeting.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Present a proclamation to Roberta Geuea to present to her parents, Roberts Lee and Grace Butts, in honor of their 77th wedding anniversary.
— Take no action on a request from Bee Development Authority Executive Director Joe B. Montez to reduce the base charge for the six-inch wastewater meter located at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.
— Approve the purchase of a new Ford wrecker for the city from Loganville, Ga., at a cost of $51,890.
— Authorize the purchase of two rotary replacement blowers at the city’s wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $8,384.
Before adjourning, Mayor David Carabajal appointed Garry Cude, Teresa Holland, Fred Morón and Belinda Aguirre to the Beeville Housing Authority board of directors.
The mayor appointed Aguirre to a one-year term on the board and the other three appointees will have two-year terms.
Council members Fulghum and Martinez then named Kathlyn Patton and Raul Casarez to the council’s select committee that is studying options for groundwater supplies to supplement the water taken from drought-stricken Lake Corpus Christi.
The appointees will replace Gilbert Herrera and Mike Scotten, who resigned from the committee before its first meeting.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.