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Streets called a #1 priority

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“Streets, streets, streets!” That was the resounding chorus after a special meeting by the Bastrop City Council Tuesday night at City Hall to discuss a possible General Bond Election in November. The election would be for key city projects.

But everything is still in the ‘talking stage’  – the first page of City Manager Mike Talbot’s 10-page powerpoint presentation to the Council and the gathered public read, “2015 Preliminary Bond Discussion.” The grand total of all the projects discussed would be approximately $12.52 million, if they were approved.

The Council watched Talbot’s slide presentation that gave a financial breakdown on a range of projects including water/wastewater mains, new sidewalks, street construction, land acquisition for parks, improving street lights and information technology upgrades. Further potential projects detailed were partnering with the YMCA for a 35,000 sq. ft. recreational building, constructing a skate park and creating a police department “fleet program.”

Some council members said that “streets” need to be a #1 priority. “Streets are in dire need today; a lot of streets are in bad bad shape,” Council member Willie DeLaRosa said. Council members did not seem to be aware that Trey Job, Director of Public Works, has a list of streets that need repair. “We have a list,” Job told the Council. (See detailed article next week at, on potential projects and the bond election)

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