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County weighs Ike Round 2.2 disaster recovery projects
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Polk County Commissioners named three grant administrators and three engineers to oversee Community Development Block Grant programs under Round 2.2 of the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program on Tuesday. Leading the list are David Waxman & Associates, who has administered many of the CDBG grants in Polk County and surrounding areas and Goodwin Lassiter engineers. The court held a public hearing seeking input on proposed projects which will be submitted to the state within the next month. Proposed projects include the following: Precinct 1 • Reconstruction of the dam on Lake Connie Jean (Hillbilly Heaven Road) in Precinct 1, estimated at $966,900. Precinct 2 (Total cost of $904,500) • Street improvements on Onalaska Loop, from FM 356 to FM 3459 estimated at $315,400. • Street improvements on Gantry Street from FM 356 to Howard Pickens Road, estimated at $208,950. • Drainage improvements at the Count Boat Ramp on old FM 356 and replacement of damaged bulkheads estimated at $128,800. • Street improvements to Wobbly Bobbly Tram Road culvert with an estimated cost of $251,350. Precinct 3’s total project list amounted to $1,641,950, including items to be paid by City of Corrigan disaster funds. • Street repairs to Plant Road from the end of the city-owned street to the end of the public road, upgrading the road to meet state farmto- market highway standards. Total project estimate: $1,274,050. This project budget includes funds allocated to the City of Corrigan. • Street repairs to Oakdale Loop from U.S. 59 to the east for a distance of one mile. Estimated cost $223,700. • Street improvements to Darden Road East from U.S. 287 to Dan Road. Estimated project cost $144,200. Precinct 4 • Bridge Replacement: Turkey Creek Road Bridge No. 1. Estimated cost $217,680. • Bridge Replacement: Turkey Creek Road Bridge No. 2. Estimated cost $217,680. • Street improvements: Tom Cummings Road from U.S. 190 to Stonewall Trail, a distance of 18,000 feet. Project estimate $716,375. Countywide: • Increase capacity of planned multi-use room by 2,300 square feet. Estimate project cost $581,000. With the arrival of six to eight inches of rain in the last 60 days, Polk County officials decided Tuesday that drought conditions are continuing to improve and no ban on fireworks or outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the county will be needed. Fireworks and outdoor burning are banned at all times within the Livingston City limits, however. County Maintenance Supervisor Jay Burks presented a proposal to commissioners to replace the roof on the Onalaska Sub-courthouse and the Polk County Regional Health Center operated by UTMB on East Church Street. Burks said the health center roof was installed in 2001, prior to the time he came to work for the county. “We have had difficulty getting that company to perform warranty work,” Burks said. “The roof even caught fire when they were putting it on.” Burks said one area of the roof is sagging along a 2x12 beam that extends the length of the building, which prevents rainwater from draining off the roof. The roof at the sub-courthouse has been repaired a number of times, but an area of sub-roof is continuing to leak into the Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace office and water and mold are causing additional damage in the JP’s file room. Burks called contractor O.C. Brooks Roofing and Construction out of Nacogdoches for an estimate that came in at $36,700. The court agreed to seek bids for both roofing projects. Commissioners approved a revision to the county holiday schedule to include Friday, Dec. 23 as a holiday, coinciding with county and school office closures. The court also approved two appointments to the Lower Trinity Groundwater District Board of Directors. Matt Page was jointly appointed with the San Jacinto County Commissioners Court to serve as board president. Wayne Reed Baker will fill an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2002. Commissioners deleted an agenda item related to a new management contract for the IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility on the recommendation of its attorney. Attorneys are working out final details of the contract and will place it on a future agenda. Finally, commissioners voted to cancel the session that was originally scheduled for Dec. 27, confirming the County Auditor’s authority to pay regular, recurring bills that come due before the first January session.