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Alton to condemn land for drainage project

Alton_LOGOALTON — The Alton City Council will proceed in condemning a parcel of land where the city needs an easement for the Shary Woods drainage project.

Assistant City Manager Steve Peña said the city was in negotiations with the former owner of the property when the property was seized by the U.S. Marshals Service. The 21.9-acre tract, located on Glasscock Road, is now owned by a bank and is being held for resale. The city cannot wait for resale of the land, Peña said.

The easement is needed immediately because of a time limit on the $500,000 grant from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs for the project. The project must be underway by September in order to keep the funding.

In other action, LeFevre Environmental & Management Consulting (LEMC) was selected to do the city’s street improvements for 2011 Urban County funds. Roads to be repaired are Mahala, Roosevelt, Oaxaca and Jefferson streets. The cost of the street improvements was figured at $303,025.

After negotiations, the council voted to hold off on action for the Allied Waste services contract that was approved in December. The city had asked for changes in the contract that were not made so the city is setting aside the contract. The current contract runs out in April 2012. Peña said the contract will be allowed to run out next year and the city will solicit bids on a new contract that is more advantageous to the city.

The council denied approval of a financial advisory addendum for the Texas Water Development Board wastewater improvements contract. The addendum would have allowed the city to use funds from the Loan Forgiveness Program to pay for firm services in assisting the city obtain the funding.

City Manager Jorge Arcaute told the council the contract would remain in effect as originally written.

Alton City Council honored teachers in Alton-area schools who were named Teacher of the Year at their campus. Each teacher received a plaque from the council denoting the city’s appreciation for its children.

Those honored were Victoria Johnson, Alton Memorial Junior High; Melissa Garza, Waitz Elementary; Sabrina Perez, Salinas Elementary; Jorge Mesa, Alton Elementary; Mauricia Friedman, Cantu Elementary; and Ronnie Mehis, Rafael Cantu Junior High.

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