Bids for Waxahachie sewer project approved
By 06/29/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Circle H Contractors, being the low bidder, was approved for the construction of three sewer projects budgeted for this year. The three projects to be completed by the company are the Broadhead Road sanitary sewer and lift station (Phase I), Indian Hills outfall sewer, and Phase I of the Grove Creek Trunk Sewer.
Each of the projects was bid on individually with circle H being the lowest bidder on each. The Broadhead project bid was $585,466, the Indian Hills outfall sewer was $245,215 and the winning bid for the Grove Creek trunk sewer came in at $553,6341.
City Engineer Gary C. Hendricks said ' This contractor has worked with the city in the past and we are familiar with their qualifications from previous projects. Hendricks also said 'Based on the information we reviewed and our knowledge of this contractors performance, it is our opinion Circle H Contractors has the equipment, experience and financial capacity to properly pursue project of this size.'
Mark Hill, president of Circle H told council members, 'We are ready to go as soon as the engineers say.' Hill also commented on previous jobs his firm has completed for the city including the Highway 77 waterline improvement.
Other action brought before the council was a request by Doyce Miles to move a house on a lot located at Dunn and Second Streets. Miles request was turned down by Planning and Zoning. Council members unanimously approved the request.
The lot is currently zoned retail commercial. Miles said 'It's a street with old homes, there's not a business on the street. I can't imagine why the P&Z did that.'
Mayor Chuck Beatty said he had no problem with placing a house on the property. 'The area is basically residential and the people want it to stay residential. Economical single family housing can be difficult to find in the city, but it is essential for families to getting started who want to take advantage of the city's growth.
Miles said he plans on selling the dwelling after it is moved in and ready for occupancy.
Council members also heard from Grand Street residents Suzy and James Witcher complaining about a traffic ticket they received pro9hibiting the parking of big trucks in residential areas.
The new ordinance, passed three months ago prohibits the parking of truck-tractors, semi-trucks and trailers and oversized commercial vehicles on city streets, public right of ways, alleys, on private premises or vacant lots.
Prior to receiving the citation, Witcher parked part of his truck at the Texas National Guard Armory. The Witchers told council members when they bought the truck, they didn't know the city's ordinance was so strict.
City Police Chief Allwin Burrow told the Witchers if they wanted to contest the ticket, they could plea not guilty in court.
Following a brief meeting with council members and City Attorney Steve Chapman, he said the city will need to look further at the ordinance and discuss the issue. Chapman said the issue surrounds the armory's permitted useagefor the truck parking as well as other usage.