By JUDY SHERIDAN
Parker County commissioners approved funding half the $33,000 cost of paving North Front Street in Aledo last week after learning the Aledo City Council had agreed to pay for the other half during a special June 17 session.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro balked at the additional $16,250 in inspection fees charged by Freese and Nichols, however, and aimed his motion at reducing them by capping the project’s construction and inspections at 14 days.
“I’m happy that the City of Aledo has decided to cover half of the paving costs,” he said. “I’m in agreement with that part of it. We’ve got to get those fees down. That’s outrageous, to almost pay as much on the engineering fees as on the entire project.”
McMahon Contracting is asking for 35 days to do the work, Chris Bosco, of Freese and Nichols, said, while engineers think 14 days is about right. The two are still negotiating, he said.
If the court limits the work to 14 8-hour days and applies the $90 per hour inspection fee Bosco estimated for the court, those fees would drop to no more than $10,080, Renfro said later.
“That would save both the county and the city money,” he said.
As part of the Aledo Trail project, workers have paved the west half of North Front Street, including stamped concrete islands and ramps. The east side, however, was never part of the project.
When the Aledo City Council asked Parker County commissioners for $90,000-plus in transportation bond funds to extend the work east — for concrete paving, stamped concrete islands, concrete steps by Aledo Christian Center and a ramp — Renfro said the city should pay half.
The city council countered by reducing the project’s cost — excluding the intersection with Mesquite Street — and asked again, receiving another denial and another demand from Renfro and Commissioner George Conley that Aledo pay half the bill.
On June 17 the council approved a 50 percent cost-share with the county, up to $35,000, after the Aledo Economic Development Corporation Board offered up its reserves.
The AEDC Board recommended the council scale the project back by removing the ramp and the stamped concrete island on the north end and reducing the curb on the south end. They advised a smaller stamped concrete island on the south end as well.
Mayor Kit Marshall and Aledo City Administrator Ken Pfeifer attended the June 23 commissioners’ court meeting.
“I just would like to thank you for your consideration on this cost-share with the City of Aledo,” Marshall said. “We’re excited to see this entire project wrapping up in the near future.”
The current schedule for completion of Aledo Trail is the end of July, Bosco said.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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For more information, call 817-440-7770.
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