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City to hold $18 million bond election for 'quality of life enhancement'

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WILMER - The city of Wilmer is proposing a $18 million bond election on the Tuesday, Nov.2 general election ballot.

Attempts to reach Mayor Jeff Steele for comment were unsuccessful but, documents obtained through City Secretary Alice Holloway outline a four part project.

According to the documents, Phase one consists of the construction of four and a half miles of 16 inch water supply line from a 30 inch DWU line near the intersection of Wintergreen Road and Bonnie View Road in Lancaster to the northeast elevated tower in Wilmer; 1 million gallon ground storage tank; new booster station and a new SCADA system to operate and monitor the city’s water and sewer systems.

Also noted in the outlines of the Phase one section are three immediate sewer system projects needed to bring the city into compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Total Phase one budget costs $7,800,000 with engineering scheduled to start 2010-2011 and construction 2012-2013, if the bond is to pass.

Phase two consists of the construction of 3,000 LF of 30 inch (W6) and 8,400 LF of 24 (W7 & W9) inch water distribution lines and associated railroad and highway crossings at a cost of $3,250,000 with the engineering and construction schedule to be determined.

Phase three is to provide additional storage and pressure to the central and southern areas of the city and improve main lines for development to tie into 1,500 LF of 12 inch and 7,800 LF 14 inch water distribution lines; new 1 million gallon elevated storage tank and to construct additional booster station pumping capacity; as well as a new secondary lift station with gravity collection lines.

The cost for phase three is estimated at $5,334,000 with engineering and construction to be determined.

Phase four , the final for the Wilmer Quality of Life Enhancement , consists of the construction of approximately 6,900 LF of 24 inch water line with a cost of $1,725,000 and the engineering and construction schedule pending.

According to the presentation given by the Butcher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation on Thursday, Aug. 26, the title of the presentation was: Regional Leadership for the International Inland Port for Wilmer Quality of Life Enhancement.

The slideshow indicated an increase in tax rate stated as follows: Citizens rates may increase as community matures and city finances additional quality of life improvements.

When the topic of a bond proposal listed, BWR stated " Debt is not a bad thing! Managed debt is a good thing!"

The city states, " the city of Wilmer is continually updating its water and sewer infrastructure to meet current needs and to accommodate expected growth due to the intermodal facility located in and around the city."

Early voting for the said bond starts Monday, Oct. 25 and ends Friday, Oct. 29 at the Wilmer Community Center located on 101 Davidson Plaza.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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