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Council to consider drainage project

A citywide drainage and street repair program got one step closer this week.
The City Council’s Public Works Committee voted to recommend that the full council approve the plans and specifications and authorize the advertisement for bids for the improvement program.
Although still in the planning stages, preparations for the drainage and street improvements program began in January 2018, when Mader Engineering informed the council that a new city-wide road preservation project was imminent.
The city streets had not been improved since the 1997 street construction project and cracks had not been sealed or patched since 2008 and 2013, respectively, according to Mader.
At that January meeting, the council authorized Mader Engineering to proceed to prepare a citywide street inventory and cost analysis.
Mader Engineering also recommended that the inventory and analysis include drainage improvements and replacement of the Avenue G Bridge.
The council agreed with Mader Engineer’s recommendation.
The drainage improvements are expected to be completed first in February 2021. The street improvement work will begin shortly after with completion expected in June of 2021.
The Zoning and Annexation Committee considered three conditional use permit requests. Two permits for single story housing construction were approved after clarification of the scope of the builders’ project. The builder was made aware of specific restrictions of any construction near the center drainage ditch.
Concern was voiced over the third permit request from MedExpress for the establishment of an ambulance station in Crowley at 922 N. Avenue G.
Although, it is zoned for C2 and near a C3 (both commercial designations), members of the council stated concerns the sirens disturbing constituents who live around the proposed new station.
After much discussion the council agreed to change the wordage (with legal council ‘s overview) so that the sirens would be regulated with respect the neighboring homes.
The council will consider these recommendation whe it meets in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the council chambers in the Criminal Justice Building at the corner of West Fifth Street and North Avenue F.

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