The Hudson Oaks City Council was presented with updates Thursday on a major beautification project that has been in the planning process for more than a year.
A full-scale improvement and beautification project of the median along Highway 180 has been addressed both in the council’s strategic plan and during the comprehensive plan, which has included community involvement, City Administrator Sheri Campbell-Husband said.
Now, it is finally coming to fruition.
“One of the issues (during these discussions) has been a lack of identity throughout the city,” Campbell-Husband said. “It needs branding and indentification from the communities around us.”
Campbell-Husband said the beautification project was important for economic development as well as the community identity.
“People who live in Hudson Oaks are proud to live in Hudson Oaks and they want people who visit to know that’s where they are,” she said.
Two signs, which will be 20 feet tall and include backlighting, will be installed along the center median along Hwy 180. One will be constructed near the Lakeshore Drive traffic light, while the second one would be at “hilltop,” or in front of the Hilltop Gas Station, on the west side of the city just before the city limit sign, according to Campbell-Husband.
“The areas wide enough for landscaping will (receive it) and the ones not wide enough, by Texas Department of Public Safety standards, will be done with stamped concrete,” Campbell-Husband said.
At Thursday’s meeting the council was presented with final design plans for the project and asked to make a few decisions for the landscaping.
According to numbers presented to the council by Assistant City Manager Patrick Lawler, the median project is expected to cost about $525,000 and the curb reconstruction project about $250,000.
That puts the total estimated cost of the project at approximately $775,000. About $217,000 of that total, however, is expected to come from TxDOT in the form of a Green Ribbon Project grant to help with the curb reconstruction project.
“The remainder will be paid for by the city, which will be debted out,” Campbell-Husband said.
Total debt service each year on a 20-year note for the total amount would be about $62,000, council members were told.
The notice of intent process for obtaining funds for the project will begin in February with the council expected to take final action on the project in March, according to Lawler.