Delays have pushed back completion of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Following recent information coming to light
showing utility and other issues causing delays for the planned Bee Creek Sports Complex, officials have come forward with new details about what must happen next to usher the project forward.
Though it was initially planned to be ready for play by 2020
, delays pertaining to construction and, more specifically, to water service, have caused at least one county official to state a more realistic completion date of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex
will likely be some time in spring 2022.
Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty said he has been helping negotiate a deal to bring water utility service to the complex, and that involves many people working together.
“Our side of the road is out of the service area [for the utility providers], so it’s taken some maneuvering and negotiating to get it,” Daugherty said in early January.
Jennifer Riechers, the program director of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency, said her agency has a wholesale contract with Travis County Municipal Utility District No. 12, which would be the provider for the Bee Creek Sports Complex.
Travis County MUD 12 representatives recently contacted the WTCPUA to inquire about servicing the complex, Riechers said, adding no official deal can be made to bring water to the land where the Bee Creek Sports Complex is planned without going through her agency's board.
On Jan. 27, after checking with members of the WTCPUA board, Riechers said she is not aware of any formal requests for water service for the complex to be put on an upcoming WTCPUA agenda.
"The [WTC] PUA really has no decision until it goes to our board of directors," she said. "And so, we need a formal request from the MUD , and then we will take it to our board to make a decision on whether or not we need to move forward."
Reichers said the deadline for an official request for water service to be placed on the WTCPUA's Feb. 20 meeting agenda is Feb. 14.
Daugherty said Jan. 27 he would not state on the record who he is working with to solidify a water deal for the sports complex nor would he publicly speculate when a formal request could appear on a WTCPUA agenda, but he did say there is a strong indication that all the necessary actions are being taken to get everyone involved to sign off on a deal.
"There are a number of people who have to come together in order to bring water to this project," he said.