Improvements will soon be made to a wastewater treatment plant in Rosenberg.

At Tuesday’s regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members voted to construct access road pavement improvements leading to the Wastewater Treatment Plant 1A.

In March, council approved an agreement for construction of the Community Development Block Grant — Disaster Recovery funded project for the installation of a generator and related electrical improvements project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant 1A, amounting to $452,469.

The city was granted $582,611 in CDBG-DR funding to construct this project, leaving a balance of $130,142 for additional improvements.

City staff requested the remaining amount of grant money go toward all-weather asphalt access road and turn-around area for large truck diesel fuel delivery to the new generator.

Construction for the road pavement improvements will amount to $109,325.

According to Public Services Director Rigo Calzoncin, this will provide critical roadway stabilization and surface improvements that will safely allow city workers access to the wastewater plant and generator during flood and disaster events.

Additionally, the subgrade repairs that are required adjacent to the new electrical conduit to several buildings on-site, will add stability and longevity to the access road life span.

The generator project was included in the 2020 fiscal year budget plan.

“This is a great deal for Rosenberg citizens,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “This does not come from any property taxes or sales taxes from the citizens here.”

Council member Isaac Davila agreed, adding that this is a good use of the funds available.

“This has been a project that’s been a long time coming,” council member Jacob Balderas said.

“This is from the flooding back in May 2016. This isn’t even (from Hurricane) Harvey. It’s a very long process to get approved, but I’m glad we’re getting on that.”

The block grant program is administered to qualified organizations and municipalities through the Fort Bend County Community Development Department on an annual basis. City Manager John Maresh noted that the city has been receiving block grants for north Rosenberg for more than 10 years.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Aug. 4.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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