orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

September 11, 2013

Grant projects on hold

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

PINEHURST — The Lexington Street Bridge Project and the Lift Station Rehabilitation Project are on hold.

Bids for the two projects exceeded the funds available through the Ike 2.2 Disaster Grant leading the Pinehurst City Council to seek alternatives.

“We tabled awarding the bids,” City Administer Joe Parkhurst said. “We will discuss alternatives at the next meeting.”

Pinehurst City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the proposal to raise more revenues from property tax than the previous year at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the Council Chambers located at 2497 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Pinehurst.

The city will vote on the proposed budget at the 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting.

The council also discussed the current waste removal contract with Republic Services.

Representatives from the company were not present.

“We told them the main compliant we had was putting the cans all on one side of the street,” Parkhurst said. “They said they were willing to have one man on the back of the truck.”

Parkhurst also said the company was willing to extend the contract for two years at the same rate, saving the citizens approximately $4 a month.

“They were not ready with the proposal in time for this meeting,” Parkhurst said. “They should be here at the next meeting with a proposal.”

Mayor Joseph L. "Pete" Runnels and Councilman Ron Cowling, Sr. were absent.