The long-awaited North Rosenberg water line project may be completed by next year.

At the most recent regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members approved the seventh phase of the long-delayed north-side water line and sanitary sewer improvements.

Council members awarded a contract for construction to low bidder JTM Construction in the amount of $397,610.

“We have it, we were awarded the (CDBG) grant,” Public Works Director Rigo Calzoncin explained. “

We were awarded $429,544. The bids actually came in under, so we have a surplus of $31,933 that we’re going to try to ask the contractor to find another section of pipe to replace on the north side as well.”

CDBG funds are used for infrastructure improvements and service connections to private property when the improvements benefit the low-to-moderate income demographics in the project area, city staff noted.

“I want to say phase eight will end up completing the north side,” Calzoncin continued. “If we end up getting next year’s grant, by next year we’ll end up completing everything on the north side.

“After we finish the north side, we hope to move over there to the Blume Road area and take care of those lines out there.”

According to Calzoncin, the Blume Road area also qualifies for the CDBG funds.

Mayor Bill Benton asked when the 75 calendar day project will begin construction.

Calzoncin said construction will begin in about three weeks.

“Right now, they have old, rusty water lines and this will provide them with new PVC water lines,” Benton said.

Council member Kevin Raines then made a motion to approve construction for the seventh phase of the water line improvements. The motion was seconded by Benton and passed 6-0.

Council member Isaac Davila, who serves the district up for discussion, was not present for the meeting.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Sept. 15.

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.

City council 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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