— By JUDY SHERIDAN
The city of Aledo will pay engineering firm Freese and Nichols a little extra this year to design drainage improvements to city streets.
In last month’s council session, the council approved a $1,500 increase to the $12,500 budget for engineering services for the city’s annual street rehabilitation project. Freese and Nichols will use the funds to hire a surveyor to record drainage grades, information that will be used to design drainage improvements.
The money will be drawn from the total $112,500 street rehabilitation budget.
“We normally don’t get surveys done with these, but there are a couple of drainage issues in the areas that we want to get corrected,” city engineer Robert McGee said, “and the best way to do that is to give us more information on the design, which will also give the contractor better information on how to construct that.”
Streets included in this year’s budget — and reviewed by the council — are Carroll Street, sections of Rolling Hills Drive and Hillside Drive and valley gutter repairs on Cedar Bluff.