Workshop meeting set to discuss FM 149 project, Buffalo Springs Drive bridge repair project extended: 3 takeaways from the Montgomery City Council meeting on June 12

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Montgomery City Council met Tuesday evening for its monthly meeting to discuss and take action on numerous agenda items, including granting a parking lot variance for a local business, awarding a contract extension for the Buffalo Springs Drive bridge and scheduling a workshop meeting to discuss FM 149. Council members Dave McCorquodale and T.J. Wilkerson were not in attendance.

Here are three takeaways from the meeting:

1. A variance extension was granted to Longview Green Miniature Golfing

City council members approved an extension to a variance which was originally granted to Longview Greens Miniature Golfing in March 2017. It gave the business more time to replace the gravel parking area with paving, per the city’s ordinance. The variance extension was granted with the stipulation that business owner Jason Long return in six months to provide information on the business’ sales tax revenue and other information.

The variance extension was approved 2-1, with council member Rebecca Huss denying the motion because she said she did not believe it was necessary for Long to return in six months. She requested that the variance extension last until a new owner acquires the property.

2. City approves project extension for Buffalo Springs Drive bridge

City Engineer Chris Roznovsky said the construction of Buffalo Springs Drive bridge, which was damaged by flooding in April 2016, has been delayed due to poor weather hindering repairs.

He asked the city to approve an amendment to the repair contract that extends the project deadline until July 24 and increases the contract amount by $14,430—bringing the total project cost to $1.023 million—in lieu of the extended project. Roznovsky said contractors are working on the south side of the bridge to excavate dirt and silt before rain arrives this weekend.

The additional contract amount will be funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency and a grant from the Community Development Block Grant for disaster relief.

3. City schedules a workshop meeting to discuss FM 149

Council members agreed to schedule a workshop meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, to discuss and hear public comments regarding the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposal for the FM 149 rehabilitation and construction project.

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is a reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition of Community Impact, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she joined Community Impact as a full-time reporter in June 2017, Kelly wrote business and dining features for CI as a freelance journalist.
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