By BRIAN SMITH
HUDSON OAKS — Engineering work on the Oakridge Drive paving project was approved by the city council recently.
City Administrator Patrick Lawler said the engineering work is somewhat complicated because of the changes in right-of-way from 50 feet to 60 feet along the road’s length and will include lots of survey work. The work is scheduled to take about 150 days at a cost of $126,000.
Lawler said about one-third of the length of the road is actually in the county and that city officials will ask county commissioners for financial help with getting the road paved.
Construction bids are expected to be taken in early summer, with work to begin in late summer 2014 and be spread out among two fiscal years, which will help the city use two fiscal years to fund the project, expected to cost $1 million upon completion, Lawler said.
In other activity, the council reviewed its solid waste rates but made no decision on raising them.
Lawler said the current contract with Republic Services, which runs through April 2016 with the possibility of a two-year extension, has a 12 percent franchise fee paid to the city for fixing the city roads that the heavy trucks use. Over the past two years, small automatic cost increases, which were put into the contract but not been passed on to customers, have effectively knocked the franchise fee down to 7.6 percent.
Lawler said once the franchise fee drops below seven percent, a rate increase for customers may need to be considered.
“We’re going to need to make some decision on the rates before 2014,” Lawler said.
Instead of passing on a potential 6 percent rate increase all at one time, Lawler said breaking the increase into two years may be easier for customers to take.
Lawler said Hudson Oaks residents pay some of the lowest solid waste rates in the Metroplex, that being helped by the fact that an estimated 53 percent of residents take part in recycling programs, which divert an estimated 30 percent of trash away from the landfill.
While diverting that much trash away from the landfill won’t mean a 30 percent reduction in solid waste rates, it does give the city some negotiating power when the new contract is discussed, Lawler said.
By BRIAN SMITH
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On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
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Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
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Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
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