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City-of-alton-logoALTON — Plans for the future widening of Mile 5 North (Farm-to-Market 676) between Conway Avenue and La Homa Road were outlined at this month’s Alton City Council meeting.

Melba Schaus of the Texas Department of Transportation told the council she would be the liaison for the engineer on the project and would be reporting on progress frequently.

Mile 5 Road will be widened to four lanes with a continuous turn lane in the center. Schaus said there would be no shoulders. When constructed the road would have a 60-foot face-to-face road. Currently it is a two-lane road.

Schaus said that between now and June, negotiations on the project would be occurring. From June to March 2013, environmental clearances would be underway.  From March 2013 to August 2013, acquisition of right-of-way would take place.  Sometime after August 2013 construction of the project would begin. Schaus said the actual start date would depend upon the availability of funding for the project.

In other action, the commission went into executive session to consider an agreement between the City of Alton, the La Joya Independent School District (LJISD) and the Sharyland Water Supply Corporation (SWSC). The purpose of the agreement is to allow new eight-inch water line for fire protection to be run to a new LJISD campus located on Inspiration Road and to have water hydrants hooked up at that location that would serve the school district only.

The agreement for construction of the line was made between SWSC and LJISD to serve the school. But because the line runs through the city, Alton must approve the line.

Assistant City Manager Steve Peña said the city would like to hook up to the fire line as it moves through the city but SWSC did not want to hook up anything but the school at this time.

Peña said SWSC was building a new water plant and an elevated storage tank to the west of Alton. Perhaps when they were complete, the city would be allowed to hook on to the line to provide fire protection within the city, he explained.

After the executive session the commission approved the agreement subject to some wording added by the city attorney.

The commission heard a report on a public hearing on an annexation that will take 104 acres. Peña said concerns voiced at the hearing had to do with taxes and whether animals that people were keeping would be allowed to stay if the area were annexed into the city. Afterwards the second reading of the ordinance was approved.

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