West Lake Hills approves updated list of capital improvement projects

Vicki Ortega, West Lake Hills city engineer presented the updated capital improvements plan during the Sept. 11 council meeting.

Vicki Ortega, West Lake Hills city engineer presented the updated capital improvements plan during the Sept. 11 council meeting.

West Lake Hills City Council revised the parameters of the capital improvements plan to be included in a potential May 2020 bond.

The current capital improvements plan was unanimously approved by the council during a Sept. 11 meeting and will be given to the Bond Advisory Committee for evaluation. The council may make further revisions to the project list prior to the May bond election.

The current list of projects includes roadway and drainage repairs on Redbud Trail, Westlake Drive, Laurel Valley Drive and Yaupon Valley Drive as well as a drainage repair on Camp Craft Road.

Previously, drainage and roadway repairs on Yaupon Valley and Laurel Valley roads were removed from the tentative bond project list when council decided the projects could be funded out of the city’s general fund balance.

The subject was revisited during a July 24 city council meeting when Mayor Linda Anthony stated residents were unhappy with the removal of these projects from the bond list.

City Council agreed to include both Laurel Valley and Yaupon Valley roads within the capital improvements plan in response to the community’s input.

The proposed roadway repair on Terrace Mountain Drive was removed from the tentative list of projects so it can be funded by the city's general fund balance. The city's general maintenance list was also updated to reflect this change.

The costs are estimated based on the current market, city engineer Vicki Ortega said. She added that the estimation accounted for the possibility of inflation. Ortega said she was confident the total capital improvements plan will not exceed the anticipated cost.

City Council is still waiting to receive an updated estimate for roadway repairs on Westlake Drive, according to Anthony adding the updated costs will be added to the capital improvements plan shortly.
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