GUSTINE - The City Council revisited a pending move of the municipal corporation yard during a December meeting to finalize those plans.
The corporation yard serves as the headquarters for the city’s Department of Public Works.
The corporation yard move from its current location between South Avenue and Highway 33/140 to a new home on East Avenue at Carnation Road will clear the way for construction of a planned roundabout to replace the Richard’s Market intersection.
Council members initially signed off on most expenses at a November meeting but asked City Manager Doug Dunford to look into modifications that would bring down the initial project cost of just under $200,000, as presented in a staff report.
The options approved by the council more recently put the cost at $146,000, according to staff reports, plus a contingency fee of just under $16,000 for unexpected expenses.
The council in November had also balked at staff’s proposed use of utility user tax reserves to fund a portion of the project.
Dunford returned with a financial package that will use $86,000 in sewer funds and just under $76,000 from the city’s general government impact fee funds to complete the project. The council approved those funding sources.
Dunford had previously said he anticipates the corporation yard move being completed in early 2021.
“Hopefully it will be no more than a three or four week turnaround. We need to start moving forward on all of this,” he commented.
Major components of the moving project include relocating a modular office building, creation of a large parking area to the rear of the lot, construction of a parking lot for employees and the public along Carnation Road and installation of more than 1,300 linear feet of fencing.
The new corporation yard will also house the city’s recycling facility, which has been enlarged under the modified design in anticipation of increased use by the public.
Roundabout aside, Dunford said, the city has essentially outgrown its current corporation yard.
“It is going to be a much-needed change,” he said of the new facility. “The (new) building alone is almost the same size as our current yard. They will be able to get in and work on the equipment out of the weather, which makes it a lot nicer for them.”
He said that, with the recent additions of a 26-foot wide mower, a Vac-Con truck and five electric vehicles - along with the previous inventory of public works equipment - the department has outgrown the space it now occupies.