The Waxahachie City Council awarded the contract for the northeast trunk sewer capacity improvement project to Circle H Contractors out of Midlothian at its meeting held Monday night.

Circle H Contractors bid was $1,726,878.04.

“This is a badly needed project and it is finally getting here. Bids were received on Dec. 4,” Director of Utilities David Bailey said. “We had seven bidders on this project. Circle H Contractors out of Midlothian submitted the low bid.”

Bailey said funding for this project will come from the remaining bond funds in the 2007 wastewater bond fund and funds approved in the 2012-2013 fiscal year wastewater collections expenditures budget.

The project will start at in the 1400 block of east Jefferson Street at the sewer lift station.  

From Jefferson portions that will be upgraded included sections along east Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, an area between Parks School House Road and Cleaver Street, and an area between Marvin Gardens to Farley Street.

The upgrades on the line will not only improve the capacity of the line, but will reduce sewer overflows on streets. Construction on the project is expected to begin Feb. 1.

The council heard an update from David Price on the renovations taking place at Nicholas P. Sims Library.

Price is overseeing the renovation and is the president of AVerus Corporation Library Consulting.  

The city has budged $400,000 to pay for improvements and upgrades to the library. The library collection will be reduced from 126,000 print items to 60,000 items in its collection.

This reduction will free up space to create areas for technology, leisure and study.

Forty thousand books would be sold and 20,000 books would be kept in storage so that patrons could still use these reference materials.

“We started the physical aspect of the project on Nov. 7. During that period we have boxed over 150,000 books getting them ready to put in new furnishings. We removed a lot of old non useable and very, very bad furniture and shelving,” Price said. “The walls have been completely repainted. So it is going to have a very warm look on the inside.”

Price said in the back part of the library they are working on creating a reading room and a community area where people can sit down and study in a casual environment.

The council approved the preliminary plat for phases three and four, which total 195 lots for Mustang Creek. This development is located northeast of U.S. Highway 287 Bypass and 1.5 miles from the U.S. Highway 287 Business Intersections. The development will spread out over 72.641 acres.

 A preliminary plat of lot one, block A for phase one of the Cosmocel Addition was approved. This preliminary plat is located at 4740 N. Interstate Highway 35E.  

Following the regular session the council convened into executive session to deliberate economic development negotiations. Upon returning to open session no action was taken.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance amending the current zoning ordinance to establish new minimum lot and dwelling sizes for single family-one, -two and –three zones.

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