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‘Landmark’ designation for FUMC

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

A lease agreement with the County for a new emergency shelter, correcting ‘alley’ traffic logjams, Pecan Park plat approvals, and the designation of First United Methodist Church (and its bell tower) as a ‘significant landmark’ were among multiple items approved by the Bastrop City Council at its Oct. 11 regular meeting.

County Emergency Shelter: The Council approved a lease agreement with Bastrop County for a 1.78-acre site at Mayfest Park for a emergency shelter/multi-use facility of 12,500 sq. feet with 158 paved parking spaces.  The County will lease the property for 99 years from the City for a one-time payment $77,845. The facility will be equipped with offices, activity spaces, kitchens and restrooms. Offices for AgriLife Extension and the Bastrop Long-Term Recovery Team will also be located at the facility.

Alley Logjam Addressed: Because of traffic congestion involving two city alleys between Main Street and the Colorado River, the Council approved corrective action. Vehicles traveling south on Alley A (i.e. towards Chestnut Street and the Loop 150 Bridge) will be prohibited from making either a left turn, or proceeding straight ahead (i.e., cutting directly across Chestnut St. traffic to Alley B), and will be able to turn only right onto Chestnut . Traffic coming down Alley B towards Chestnut, will be allowed to turn only right, towards Main Street, and not left and across the river.

Pecan Park Plat Approval: The Council approved two final plats totaling approximately 23 acres for the Pecan Park subdivision, a 311-acre residential/commercial development – the full name is River’s Bend at Pecan Park –  located on a section of land at the end of Childers Drive between the Colorado River and Walmart.

Water/sewer System Work: The Council approved work on the City’s water/sewer system by Trac-N-Trol Inc. The Council also approved a change order for $35,297 to Excel Construction Services for  lift-station repairs at three locations – the current contract being for $897,099.The Council approved closing the City’s refuse disposal station at 1209 Linden St. on Oct. 31, and encouraging potential customers to use the Bastrop County facility at 601 Cool Water Drive. The Council also requested that City Manager initiate research on “possible annexations that will be beneficial to the City.”

‘Significant Landmark’: Under the Consent Agenda the Council approved a request to designate First United Methodist Church (FUMC) and its memorial bell tower as a “Significant Landmark.” Accompanying historical notes detail that FUMC 1925 FUMC  “was built during an architectural period after WWI when so many public buildings borrowed from Neoclassical and Romanesque details.” The 15 windows in the sanctuary are all associated with members who contributed to major events in Bastrop’s past. The Council approval came after the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously on Sept. 21 to designate  FUMC and its bell tower as landmarks.

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