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NEW LIGHTS, TRAFFIC SIGNS, ROADS…
Residents in the township of Derby will soon notice infrastructure upgrades that will improve the overall safety of the rural community.
Frio County Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Vela reserved $55,000 during budget season for a light project in Derby. Commissioners then approved a contract with Medina Electric for the placement of ten security lights in the community.
Pct. 2 Comm. Mario Martinez recently quizzed Vela on the placement of the lights.
“Are these just going anywhere?” Martinez asked. “My purpose [in placing a light at the intersection of CR 2000 and Medina Street] is main intersections.”
Vela said the lights would be placed on poles that run alongside roads the county is currently constructing in Derby.
Before making a motion to approve the project, Pct. 3 Comm. Raul Carrizales had questions over the total number of lights that will be included in the improvement project.
“Have the poles been identified and do you have an estimate about how many lights will be placed?” the commissioner asked.
“It is about fifteen lights,” Vela said.
Carrizales recently completed the first phase of his three-phase illumination project on the northwest side of Pearsall.
Carrizales said a need for cost-efficiency dictated safety lights be installed on light poles already furnished with transformers.
Frio County Auditor Crystal Marquez said that American Electric Power (AEP) confirmed it would provide electrical services to poles along the roads where the lights will be placed.
Frio County Judge Rochelle Camacho addressed concerns from citizens regarding the recent placement of several stop signs in Derby.
“There have been some already placed there in preparation of the roads that the road and bridge department will be coming in and preparing,” the judge said. “We are ahead of the game. We did not want citizens alarmed about the signs.”
Vela expressed concern about a stop sign not placed at an intersection on FM 1583.
Road and Bridge Administrator Ancelmo Ornelas said the Texas Department of Transportation recently approved the sign placement and said the stop sign would be erected in the near future.