Rosenberg City Council member Kevin Raines wants to make sure that the older parts of the city are taken care of. And that begins with the sanitary sewer pipe bursting project. At the most recent Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members approved an engineering contract extension for the project.

In November 2017, council approved a contract for engineering services with Kaluza Inc. for the pipe bursting project. The contract was renewed for $122,100. As the project progressed, city staff identified a need to address additional problem areas. Those consist of replacement of aging and critically deteriorating sanitary sewer lines within the wastewater treatment plant 1-A service area.

Streets affected are Grillo Way, Sidney Street, Timber Lane, Frances Drive, Lindsey Drive, Sally Anne Drive, Jane Long Drive, Lane Drive, Woodrow Drive, Wilson Drive and Avenue H.

“I think we need to make this a priority to get to the older parts of Rosenberg and get them done as quick as we can,” Raines said. “I think it’s important, especially with all the growth that we have south of town that has new infrastructure. That will get us down the road a little ways to help us take care of some of this older stuff.”

Council member Jacob Balderas asked if this project could utilize Community Development Block Grant Program funds. The CDBG 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.

“Some of the areas won’t qualify for the CDBG funding,” Maresh revealed. “This (funding comes from) certificates of obligation that were previously issued.”

Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut explained that certificates of obligation can only be used for specific projects. Balderas made a motion to extend the contract. The motion was seconded by council member Lisa Wallingford and passed unanimously.

Immediately after extending the contract with Kaluza Inc., council awarded a bid for actual construction on the pipe bursting project for an additional $1 million.

In May 2018, council approved a contract for construction with IPR South Central, amounting to $4,308,849. According to Public Services Director Rigo Calzoncin, funding is available in the budget for this additional scope of work. Mayor Bill Benton made a motion to award the bid to IPR South Central.

The motion was seconded by Balderas and passed unanimously. The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

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