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Polk Co.finally gets green light for water, sewer & shelter projects
Polk County Enterprise
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Polk County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with the Texas Department of Rural Affairs for generators at water plants and public shelters and street/ drainage projects which failed to function during Hurricane Ike which moved through Polk County on Sept. 13, 2008. Now the contract goes back to the state for its final approval. This approval could take anywhere from a week or two up to five or six weeks, according to grant administrator Leslie Waxman of Waxman and Associates. When the fully executed contract comes back to county officials, work orders will be issued for the grant administrator, engineer and environmental consultant. Waxman said the environmental study will take 90 days and it is paid for by the state. No one associated with the grant projects is willing to make a guess as to when requests for bids on the projects will be made. “It’s been two years since the storm and nothing has happened,” Waxman said Tuesday. “On Feb. 25 we went to Austin to try to resolve problems with these projects and move forward and it’s taken this long to resolve.” Once the environmental study is complete, residents will see progress on the projects speed up. The projects included in the contract (No. DRS010146) addresses threats to public health and safety caused by the failure of water plants, the drainage system and public shelters during and after Hurricane Ike, as listed below: Water plant: Wakefield Water Plant on FM 357 to provide alternative power to operate the water plan which serves 665 persons, 270 of which are classified as low to moderate income. Shelters: Installation of backup generators to ensure continuous operation of the buildings as a public shelter, benefiting 41,133 people, of which 16,453 (40 percent) are low to moderate income. • Big Sandy — One 250 kW diesel-fueled generator and one 125 kW generator. • Goodrich Junior High — One 250 kW diesel generator. • Livingston Junior High — One 1,100 kW diesel generator. • Onalaska Elementary School — One 250 kW diesel generator. • Leggett ISD — One 250 kW diesel generator.