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Cuero city manager discusses ongoing infrastructure improvements

By Sonny Long
March 23, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2010 at 10:23 p.m.


Sipco Mechanical Linkage Solutions, a gear products manufacturer, will open a facility in Cuero, the company announced last month.

The announcement of a new company isn't the only project budding in Cuero.

Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella recently discussed the infrastructure improvements - some paid for by grants - occurring in the DeWitt County town of about 6,500.

Q: Talk about the sidewalk improvement project. Where will that work take place?

A: It's going to be on South Esplanade Street from the railroad tracks to one block north of Main Street, and then one block east and one block west on Main. The grant to help pay for it is about $100,000 through the Texas Capital Fund grant program. The city council has recently hired a grant administrator and engineers to begin design. There is some other money available that we are trying to get to extend the new sidewalks to the new Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. We hope to tie it all in together and be able to do it all at the same time.

Q: What about some other projects that are going on, especially those involving the sewer plant?

A: The council is really big on fixing the infrastructure. The biggest things over the next couple of years will be the wastewater treatment plant and the streets. Newly adopted water and sewer rates, structured to increase in increments during a five-year period, will take care of the funding we need to make the improvements at the treatment plant. We're looking at borrowing $20 million - about $10 million to fix the wastewater treatment plant.

Q: What other projects will be funded with this $20 million?

A: About $3 to $4 million will be for water wells. We have two wells not in service right now due to bad casings. We have to drill new wells within 30 feet of the existing wells to maintain our grandfather status so we can still pump as much as we want. The other money will go for new wastewater and water lines as needed.

Q: What about street improvements?

A: We have purchased a lot of new equipment the last year to work on the streets. We bought a reclaimer and a paver, so we are going to try to do it all in-house. We have a list of streets in place. We are trying to start with some we feel we can save without a lot of work. We're going to try to do those first.

Q: Are there other improvements going on?

A:: We also got a grant through the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission for water and wastewater line improvements on the west side of town. That was about a $400,000 grant.

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