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Court gives OK to move forward on H2O, sewer project
by Tim Delaney
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The Refugio County Commissioners Court approved moving forward on a Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to the Water Control & Improvement District No. 1’s water and wastewater systems in Tivoli on Tuesday, April 8.
Tim Delaney photo The Refugio County Commissioners Court approved moving forward on a Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to the Water Control & Improvement District No. 1’s water and wastewater systems in Tivoli on Tuesday, April 8.
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REFUGIO – The Refugio County Commissioners Court approved going out for a bid for water and wastewater improvements for the Refugio County Water Control & Improvement District No. 1 in Tivoli on Tuesday morning, April 8.

The project potentially could cost as much as $244,000. That’s the available funds in the Community Development Block Grant for the project.

Jerry Shepherd of Southwest Engineers, said that cost could be broken into about $155,000 for water system improvements and $89,000 for wastewater system improvements.

He said he hoped enough would be left over for replacing an underground tank.

In an overview, Shepherd said the project would involve plant work at the water and wastewater system, line replacement, lift station pump and an arsenic removal system.

The latter, Shepherd said, as the main reason for the project.

Shepherd said advertising for bids would be April 17 and April 24.

He said bids possibly could be opened on May 2, and he would then recommend a bid to the WCID No. 1 board meeting on May 6.

He estimated a construction contract could be awarded on May 13, and he contract process (reviewed by the county attorney) finished by May 26.

A June 9 pre-construction conference would be followed by a start of construction on June 23.

Shepherd estimated that the project could be finished in December.

He added that the project is on time, that the Environmental Protection Agency has given an extension for the improvements to December.

“We are with our time frame” Shepherd said.

Commissioner Gary Bourland made the motion to approve going out for bids on the project. Commissioner Rod Bernal seconded the motion.

In other business, commissioner approved de-obligating $38,626 from the Austwell outfall project, now completed and moving the grant money to the Austwell Wetland Information Center project, which initially came in way over what was budgeted.

Tom Bernal, who was overseeing the projects, said the wetlands education center was refigured from a 600-square-foot area to 400 square feet.

The money comes from a Coast Impact Assistance Program grant.

County Judge Rene Mascorro made the motion to de-obligate the grant money and reallocate it to the wetland center project. Bernal seconded the motion.

Commissioners also heard a request from Head Librarian Tina McGuill to digitize newspapers in the library collection back to the 1900s.

She said she would send an application to the Tocker Foundation, which is working with the University of North Texas to digitize all Texas newspapers.

Once the newspaper have been digitized, the public would be able to view them on the Portal to Texas History.

The website is texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TDNP –

McGuill did not know how long it would take to digitize the newspapers, but she said a team from UNT would come down and get the newspapers to take back for digitizing.

“Our collection goes back to 1902 – 100 years of newspapers – they are currently stored at the museum,” McGuill said.

“We would like to get those out of there as soon as possible,” she said. “There’s a better way to store them.”

Bourland made the motion to approve digitizing the newspapers. Commissioner Ann Lopez seconded.

Commissioner also approved a scanner for the county clerk’s office at a cost of $1,055. The money comes out of the record management preservation fund.

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