Robinson City Council approved almost $1 million in work Monday to improve a wastewater project and chip-seal three roads.
The city council awarded a contract with King Solution Services LLC, of Houston, for $818,147.25 to improve the wastewater line in the Meadowbrook and Fain Estates neighborhoods.
The project is part of the city’s 2013 capital improvement water and sewer plan. City officials spent the better part of a year working with homeowners in the area to plan work on the line, which goes under fences and through backyards, City Manager Craig Lemin said.
The old clay pipe has cracked and broken over the years as the ground has shifted, Lemin said. Pieces breaking off from the pipe have caused leaks and blockages, resulting in numerous service calls to the area, he said.
“This should pretty well take care of issues,” he said.
Funding comes from debt issued between 2013 and 2015 for the capital improvement projects.
The company wanted to start work quickly, so the city council held a special meeting Monday rather than wait until its next scheduled meeting in June, Lemin said.
The project will take advantage of technological advances to minimize damage to homeowners’ property, Lemin said.
The company will perform “pipe bursting,” which involves a machine with a rounded, almost bullet-shaped, pipe pushing out the old pipe and pulling the new one into place behind it. Workers then will drop down under manholes to connect the pieces, he said.
The city received eight bids for the project, the highest running about $1.55 million.
“The pipe bursting isn’t something everybody does,” he said.
Also Monday, the city council approved a cooperative agreement with McLennan County to repair and chip-seal Downsville Road, Hoffmeyer Road and Old Robinson Road for $126,835. McLennan County commissioners approved the agreement Tuesday.
“It’s overdue,” council member Jimmy Rogers said.
“I think the citizens will be happy with it too, just getting it done,” council member Steve Janics said.
The city’s portion could run about $14,000, he said.
The project is part of the city’s new street program under the new city manager, who was hired about a year ago.
The project should create a smoother path of travel on the more rural road and add another seven years of life to the streets, Lemin said. The low cost also will allow the city to devote more money to busier roads that will need more extensive work, he said.
The city is not taking a “one size fits all” approach to street work, unlike under past leadership, Lemin said. City leaders have developed a plan of attack for street improvements with different methods and costs, depending on each situation, he said.