By TYLER MASK
Before Tuesday night’s Mineral Wells City Council considered the individual items up for approval, Mineral Wells City Manager Lance Howerton revealed a Supreme Court decision regarding prayers.
“The Supreme Court, in the last day or two, upheld, 5-4, the use of prayer in the opening of public meetings,” Howerton said.
On Dec. 18, 2012, council approved a resolution authorizing participation in a runway lighting upgrade project at the Mineral Wells Municipal Airport with TxDOT Aviation, Howerton said.
Originally, the project was estimated to cost $1.23 million, with the city providing 10 percent matching share of the costs and TxDOT Aviation incurring 90 percent of the costs.
Three months later, council approved the resolution authorizing execution of a contract with TxDOT Aviation, which would provide engineering services regarding the project. As a result, project engineering plans and specifications were compiled.
Construction bids have now been received, and the city has been presented with a contract from TxDOT Aviation, allowing the installation of the runway lighting.
The bid received was for $867,802, nearly a third less than originally planned.
The current bid includes upgrades to LED lighting in place of traditional incandescent lighting. TxDOT Aviation will only go in on a 50 percent basis regarding the LED portion of the project, leaving the city to cover the other half (around $46,000 in all). However, the city’s overall matching share for the project will be less than originally anticipated because the current bid is so low, Howerton said.
“Assuming everything goes well, the project should be under construction sometime during the month of June,” Howerton said.
Council unanimously passed a motion approving the bid and work, 7-0.
In other business, council approved:
• An ordinance providing temporary closure of S.E. 1st Avenue between East Hubbard Street and S.E. 1st Street to facilitate an anticipated victory celebration Saturday sponsored by Friends of the Baker.
• An ordinance amending Section 90-81 of Chapter 90 Utilities of the Mineral Wells Code of Ordinances by adopting a revised Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.
• Authorization to advertise for replacement of airport terminal roof.