Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

October 1, 2013

Hudson Oaks OKs work on Oakridge Drive

By BRIAN SMITH

HUDSON OAKS — Hudson Oaks city council members approved the go-ahead for engineering work to be done on the Oakridge Drive paving project Thursday.

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 solicited in early summer, with work to begin in late summer 2014 and 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.

The council also 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, in part because 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.

 

1
Text Only
Front Page
  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 one trooper.jpg Living up to his name

    For a dog that has survived all odds, Trooper, a three-legged dog that is now seen at fundraisers and other Weatherford events, really does live up to his nickname, Super Trooper.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Macedo, Kelly.jpeg Couple arrested for stealing from elderly woman

    A Weatherford man and woman were arrested last week on charges that they burglarized the house of a woman in a nursing home, making off with books of checks and a rifle found by police during a traffic stop in May. 

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0723 one solar power car.jpg Powered by the sun

    About a half dozen solar-powered cars racing cross county began arriving in Weatherford late Monday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole Pritchard.jpg Becoming tech savvy

    Monday afternoon, Weatherford Public Library was home to local teens with a “techie” appetite. As a part of the library’s Young Adult Summer Reading Club, the library hosted a Teen Tech Challenge was hosted to inspire teens with desires of becoming animators and designers. Beyond just technology as a draw, those with a creative mind or a passion for storytelling were also invited.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0722 one puppy bag bikers.jpg A case for comfort

    Weatherford’s VFW Post 4746 R.D. Nelson Memorial and Guardians of the Children motorcycle club gave Hope for Tomorrow employee Heather Dezomits a helping hand Saturday when she introduced Operation Sweet Cases, a program designed to give foster kids a place to store their belongings as they travel from placement to placement.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Purple Heart recipients wanted

    Parker County Judge and Commissioners Court are encouraging all local Purple Heart recipients to attend commissioners court on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m., as the court designates Parker County a “Purple Heart County.”

    July 21, 2014

  • 0720 one swim rescue 2.jpg Safety first

    As has become a yearly routine, Cherry Park lifeguards and first responders teamed up Friday to conduct a safety drill in response to a simulated drowning.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks