Calhoun Port Authority

Calhoun Port Authority

The Calhoun Port Authority opened three bids Wednesday for the pre-dredging sampling and analysis required to widen and deepen the Matagorda Ship Channel.

Analysis of the sediments is part of the pre-construction design and engineering phase of the ship channel project that the Port and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are on track to complete by December in partnership with Max Midstream Texas.

The samples and analysis will serve as the basis of geotechnical exploration that will help the Corps better understand the quality of sediments, which will dictate where the 21 million cubic yards of material that will be dredged can be placed.

To speed up the process, the Port elected to contract the project itself with specifications provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The three bids from Furgo, Tolunay-Wong and Terracon ranged from about $900,000 to $1.6 million.

The Port plans to award a contract next Tuesday, after the Corps completes technical reviews of the bids to ensure they meet its standards and specifications, said Port Director Charles Hausmann.

“Since we’re doing this for the Corps, we want to make sure it meets all the Army Corps requirements and everything is right in the agreement,” he said.

None of the bids included timelines for the work but Hausmann said the Port is trying to get the project completed as soon as possible. Port engineer Felicia Harral said she plans to get more details on the estimated start and completion dates to share with the board at its next meeting.

In other action, the Port’s newly elected board chairman, Luis De la Garza, made appointments to two board committees Wednesday.

He reappointed Jasper “Jay” Cuellar and Johnny Perez to the finance committee, and he appointed Cuellar and J.C. Melcher Jr. to the development growth and evaluation committee.

The development growth and evaluation committee is new and is tasked with performing an annual evaluation of the Port’s director and deputy director every April, according to the Port’s bylaws that were adopted last year.

“We fell short on that (this past April), but we’ll make up for that,” De La Garza said.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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Investigative & Environmental Reporter

I was born and raised in Houston, but spent many summers and weekends in the Crossroads while growing up. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and feel lucky to cover a region I love dearly.

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