2018-01-10 / News

Raymondville polishes plans for street work

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter

Raymondville commissioners met with an engineer Tuesday to discuss about $2 million worth of street repairs to take place this year .

Vicente Mendez of Ambiotec Civil Engineering, Barownsville, said a lot of the city’s street damage has occurred because of poor drainage, especially at intersections, with drainage pipes too small to carry away water during heavy rainstorms.

Mendez recommended flexibility during the project, replac- ing some problem drainage inlets when necessary to prevent future damage of new paving work. Areas in which concrete streets have holes or other damage in center portions can be repaired but leaving concrete paving in place when it is still good, will stretch the city’s funding, he said. It is not wise to pave over cracked concrete streets with asphalt because the cracks will also appear in the asphalt.

After the meeting, City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia said the engineering company’s estimate for cost of materials alone is $2 million, but he is confident that contractor bids will be competitive and bring down costs.

A list of 29 streets, or sections of streets are on the city’s priority list of streets that need repair.

Repair work will take at least through the end of the year and possibly into January of next year, Mendez said.

Commissioners also approved the city’s nomination to the City of Hidalgo’s Rio Grande Walk of Fame Ceremony. Accomplishments such as helping bring the Loaves and Fishes meal program were touted as helping Raymondville get recognition through the program.

Loaves and Fishes meal program may be expanded in the future to provide basic health care services to participants at the Raymondville site, officials said.

The resignation of city animal control officer Hector Tijerina and transfer of Police Department maintenance worker Albert Gonzales to the animal control job were approved.

Also accepted was the resignation of Municipal Court Clerk Yesenia Hernandez and the hiring of Mary H. Romo to train a new Raymondville Police Department records clerk.

Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora reported that his department’s annual Blue Christmas and Raymond police participation in Saturday’s 8-liner arcade raids with a Willacy County task force in Sebastian were both successful.

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