Bridge reconstruction to save city $200,000

By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
The Flash Today

The Stephenville City Council got some good news Tuesday evening when a study showed the College Street bridge can be reconstructed at about $200,000 less than the project was first anticipated to cost.

Councilman Rhett Harrison praised the efforts made in the study which looked at both a complete tear down and replacement, or a reconstruction effort. Safety of course being the paramount issue and the study has shown the reconstruction will work. Once the project is completed the bridge will once again be open to vehicle traffic to include school buses.

“This is isn’t just in the best interest of taxpayers. It’s also about wise in spending money,’ Harrison said.

Stephenville’s Texas Economic Development Action Plan was presented by Chabin Concepts CEO and president Audrey Taylor who outlined a very detailed 41-page plan that looks at Stephenville developing its own “brand”.

Taylor pointed out targeted recruitment, business retention and expansion, brand marketing, business attraction and more as she focused on the richness of Stephenville’s cowboy heritage.

The plan will be used as a guide by the recently formed Stephenville Economic Development Authority SEDA.

Stephenville City Councilman Rhett Harrison expresses his pleasure over a $200,000 for the city.
Stephenville City Councilman Rhett Harrison expresses his pleasure over a $200,000 for the city.

The council approved a request from Police Chief Jason King to create a position for another police officer. The new position will not require any budget changes as the money will come from lapsed funds. The new officer when hired will bring the police department number up to 38 sworn officers.

In other council business, there was an approval to increase the size of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board, the approval of annual appointments to boards and commission and approval of the construction project development for the Methodist Branch sanitary sewer collection system.

Mayor Weldon reminded everyone that Stephenville’s Holly Jolly Christmas will be held December 9 starting at 6 p.m. and will feature the annual tree lighting, carriage rides, hayrides and more.

No action was taken following an executive session regarding a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former city inspector Joe Ann Everett. To see details concern’s Everett’s court petition click here Whistleblower lawsuit filed against Stephenville.

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