Council approves project going to new high school

The Waxahachie city council approved a zoning request, a preliminary plat and the bid for the construction on offsite water line improvement for the new Waxahachie High School at its Monday night meeting.

The new high school will be located at the corner of U.S. Highway 287 Bypass and U.S. Highway 287 Business, and is expected to be open by May 2018. Construction on the site is expected to start by the end of this month.

“We are close to breaking ground on the high school site out there on 287 Bypass and 287 Business,” said Clyde Melick, WISD Assistant Superintendent of Facilities. “This is a 487,000 square foot building. It is one of the largest that I know of in Waxahachie.”

Melick said the first phase of this project is all of the site work and flat work. The second phase is the construction of the building and that is expected to start in late August or early September. The new two-story high school will have everything from new academic classroom wings, to new Fine Arts and Career and Technology wings, to practice and competition facilities for athletic activities and much more.

The council awarded the bid for the offsite water line improvement project for the high school to Wildstone Construction out of Keller. Ten contractors submitted bids to the city for consideration. Wildstone’s bid was $1,406,940. The project will be funded by using water impact fees and funds from the 2007 water bond.

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Singleton expressed his concern that by choosing Wildstone Construction, who was the lowest bidder on the project, that the city might be putting itself at risk for poor workmanship. Singleton cited several projects, which included a major roof repair that had to be done at city hall.

City Engineer James Gaertner assured Singleton that references were checked out and the company was looked at fully before presenting the bid to the council for consideration. The council, in a 4-1 vote, approved the bid with Singleton voting in opposition.

In other business:

• •The city council approved to extend City Manager Paul Steven’s contract by another year after a review of his performance evaluation during executive session.

• • The final plat for 50 residential lots in the Summit Estates subdivision in the city extraterritorial jurisdiction was approved.

• • The council approved the preliminary plat of the 23 residential lots in the Taylor Ridge subdivision.

• •The council approved a request made by Dulce Trujillo for a specific use permit for a roof mounted solar system to be located at 1614 Wildflower Dr..

• • The council recognized Director of Utilities David Bailey for receiving the Texas Water Utilities Association’s Outstanding Professional Award.

• •Waxahachie Global High School senior Nick Dalquest was named as the honorary council member for the mouth of April.

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