Road work will continue on Johnson Road in Keller after Keller City Council approved a contract at its Dec. 19 meeting.

Council approved a resolution for a contract amendment with Teague Nall and Perkins of Fort Worth to provide ongoing construction administration, inspection services and project closeout for the Johnson Road Reconstruction Project, which connects Hallelujah Trail to Rhonda Road.

The background

The project cost was $90,000 and pays for ongoing construction administration, inspection services and project closeout, a council agenda memo states. The city contracted with Teague Nall and Perkins in November 2018 for the Johnson Road Reconstruction project, which was a $7.2 million roadway project to reconstruct Johnson Road from Hallelujah to Rhonda, including utility, drainage, pavement and sidewalk improvements along the corridor.

The details

The services included design, bidding, construction administration and inspection services, a City Council agenda memo states. The original construction inspection effort estimate from 2018 did not “anticipate the higher than normal resident interaction and coordination, and is not enough to cover the actual costs for construction inspection services,” the memo states. This amendment will provide for the continuation of construction inspections through the end of construction.

These professional services are the most cost-effective way of construction inspection for this project, the memo states. Funding for this item is included in the street system capital improvements project fund with money provided by the general fund, roadway impact fee fund, street maintenance fund and water-wastewater utility fund.

Construction on Johnson is ongoing and remains on schedule for completion this summer, said Rachel Reynolds, communication and public engagement manager for the city.

What else?

From the Dec. 6 meeting, council approved a resolution approving a $5,000 contract with the Keller Farmers Market to conduct a recurring farmers market at Bear Creek Park. The contract is for the 2024 market season at Bear Creek Park.

The Keller Farmers Market began operating in 2010 under a license agreement between the city of Keller and Amstar/Southern Arthouse, LP. In 2013, the city signed a new agreement with the nonprofit organization Keller Farmers Market to operate a market in front of Keller Town Hall; in 2018 both parties agreed to an updated agreement that allowed the market to relocate to Bear Creek Park.

The Keller Farmers Market has requested to have the market run on various dates from Jan. 6-Dec. 14. The license agreement includes an annual contribution of $5,000 from the city to the market. Funding is available in the fiscal year 2023-24 community services budget.

Zooming in

Council member Tag Green said he supported a one-year contract but had concerns about having an outdoor market in January and February. He said he was pleased with the farmers market and its growth, and supported moving it to one of the city’s “busiest parks,” as it was a good interim step, but he thinks a future move should be considered. He also said council should review financials if the city is going to be contributing to a private organization’s operations.

Council member Ross McMullin said he would like to see an analysis of what the long-term relationship would be like between the city and the farmers market.