Transit Hub in Wichita Falls is Moving Forward Asbestos Abatement on Council Agenda

Wichita Falls is moving forward toward its goal of transforming a property at 306 Scott into a transportation hub for the city's transit system, regional transportation providers and intercity bus lines.

City leaders talked about the City Travel Center project, which is planned for the site of the old Imperial Motel, during a strategic planning session in February. Staff at the time pointed to objectives of completing the acquisition of properties and demolition before August. On Tuesday, City Council members will discuss a resolution awarding a bid for asbestos abatement and demolition of the property to Empire Environmental for $199,224. Empire Environmental has worked on city projects in the past.

According to the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, Federal Transit Administration funds of $88,000 will go toward demolition. Abatement will fall to the city at a price tag of $111,224. Council members also will discuss Tuesday a resolution endorsing an application to the 4A Economic Development Corp. for $211,815 in See COUNCIL, 5A expenditures related to the Wichita Falls Travel Center.

The state Legislature in 2007 approved use of 4A sales tax funds for capital activities related to buses and light rail, the agenda notes. The agenda item related to the abatement and demolition bid notes the wording in the resolution would allow the city to move forward on the contract from other city funds if necessary. The contractor would be required to complete work before Aug. 1. Also on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting:

• A resolution thatwould show the city's support for a negotiated settlement between the Air Force and Oncor Electric for the proposed Oklaunion-Fisher Road 345 kV Project, which would relocate an existing 345 kV transmission line just north of SAFB about two miles farther north. The resolution would show community support for the proposed project and aim to persuade the Public Utility Commission to allow Oncor to move the transmission line.

• A resolution that would award a bid and contract to Bowles Construction for the 2011 CDBG Waterline Replacement Project in an estimated amount of $ 385,054. The project aims to eliminate deteriorated water mains that have become continual maintenance problems and to increase flow in the area involved. It will offer better fire protection, improve water quality for the area, reduce water loss due to leaks, and improve overall reliability of the distribution system. The project will replace 6- and 8-inch mains with 6-, 8- and 12-inch mains and reconnect services along Rosewood Avenue, Chance Street, Williams Avenue, Lefall Circle and Jackson Circle.

• A second of two required public hearings related to the proposed annexation of land south of the Parkstone Senior Village Apartments. The annexation would allow for expansion of Parkstone Senior Village Apartments. An annexation ordinance is scheduled for the June 7 council meeting.

• The canvassing of election returns from Saturday's municipal election and the admin-istration of official oath to newly elected council members. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers.

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