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City awards bid on park lights
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TRINITY – In a meeting lasting only 22 minutes last week, the Trinity City Council accepted a bid to install lights at a baseball field but rejected proposals for installing new downtown sidewalks. Both projects are being funded under state grants. The proposal on the lights was a $99,708 bid from Nema 3 Electric to install lighting on the city’s “big field” at the baseball complex located near the junction of Maple and Stadium streets in Trinity. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had awarded a $75,000 grant to the city for the project. The Trinity Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (TEIDC) also put up $75,000 to cover the local share of the project’s cost. City Manager Buddy Drake estimated that work on the project would begin in about 60 days. During the Oct. 13 meeting, council members rejected the two bids submitted to install about a block and a half of sidewalks in the downtown area. The grant was obtained to install sidewalks along the northern side of Main Street between Elm and Robb streets, including the area in front of the Trinity Post Office. In addition, money from the project was allocated to finish the handicap ramp located on the northeast corner of the Main and Robb (Highway 19) intersection. Two bids were submitted for the work with the low offer coming in at $163,041, which Drake said exceeded the budget for the work. Funding for this project is coming from a Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Downtown Revitalization Grant. The council decided to postpone the work and include it in a bid for a much larger $1 million project that is expected to begin next year. The city has received a $1,049,352 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant to install 7,500 feet of sidewalks. The project will include concrete sidewalks running from the Trinity Arms apartment complex on the south side of the city all the way up to the downtown area along Robb Street. In addition, many of downtown sidewalks in addition to the ones targeted by the TDA grant also will replaced and a 2,800-foot long loop will be installed to link the Lansberry Elementary School campus with the north-south sidewalk trail along Robb Street. Drake said that when the city seeks bids for the much larger TxDOT project, prices for the concrete work should be much less. By bidding the TDA work at the same time, the cost of that project is expected to come in well below last week’s $163,000 low bid. “Prices for a project that big should be very competitive because we’re talking about a year’s worth of work,” Drake noted.


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