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PEARSALL EXPANDED BY TWO SQUARE MILES IN 2018
A comprehensive plan to provide utility services to two square miles of land at the edge of Pearsall is 90 percent complete, four years after the city annexed the property for expansion.
Wendy LaNeil, representing CDM Smith, the engineering firm contracted by the city, presented councilors with the design plan during a meeting on Tuesday, November 8.
According to LaNeil, the infrastructure design calls for an additional 11,000 feet of water line for residents and businesses that were annexed in 2018.
“The water line will tie in at Fields Road and travel up the east side of Business Loop 35,” the representative said. “The line will continue up north to Jack’s Produce, go under IH-35 and come down the west side to the mixing plant and tie back into the existing system.”
Construction costs are estimated at $2.95 million, which includes the water line and standard features such as hydrants and valves. The price tag does not include engineering fees for the project.
According to LaNeil, the service lines will be to the TxDOT easement and be meter-ready for residents to connect.
The construction company will not enter private property to connect lines.
“This project has been included in the next fiscal year,” Mayor Ben Briscoe said at the end of the presentation.
The CDM representative said her company is currently awaiting an invitation to apply for state funding for the project.
City Hall indicated that the 2018 property tax rate of 80 cents per $100 of assessed value would generate a million dollars in city revenues. The rate currently stands at 86 cents.