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May 29, 2013

More road work on tap this summer

VIDOR — Some much needed road repairs could be made by the end of summer.

City councilmembers approved a measure during the most recent council meeting to seek bids for some much needed road work in the City of Vidor, according to City Manager Mike Kunst.

“We’re going out for bids to start fixing some of our roads,” Kunst said. “We have a lot of streets that are in need of repair, and this grant money will allow us make some much needed improvements to several of those roads.”

Kunst said the city a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) valued at approximately $2 million from the Hurricane Ike Round 2.2 Critical Infrastructure Project Disaster Recovery Division.

“This money will be used to make repairs to roads which were damaged as a result of the hurricane or because of the large amount of traffic, like big trucks and heavy equipment, following the hurricane,” Kunst added.

Streets on tap to be repaired with the Round 2.2 funding include East Railroad, Stanley, Flora, East Courtland, North Archie and North Tannahill.

Bids are expected to be open at the June 19 city council meeting and road work could begin within a few weeks after that.

In other news, city officials are continuing to pursue homeowners and either have them make repairs to poorly maintained facilities or have the dilapidated structure demolished.

A house located at 1255 N. Archie St. in Vidor was the only one presented to council for consideration of demolition. The property owner, Pedro Ibarra, was in attendance at the meeting and gave his consent to allow the structure to be demolished.

“Mr. Ibarra was at the council meeting with his lawyer and approved of us demolishing the house,” Kunst said. “We are putting a lien on this property as well and we explained that to him.”

Kunst said the city’s Code Enforcement Officer has been busy attempting to track down other property owners of substandard structures, but it is a lengthy process.

“We’re following the steps of the process, just like we have to do,” he added. “There are several others we are looking at and it will take some time, but we’ll get those houses identified and contact the owners or else we’ll remove those structures.”

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