Vegetation ordinance variance denied
City officials denied a variance to its vegetation ordinance for a proposed commercial project known as Imperial Lakes. The variance would have allowed the project developer to begin clearing developable portions of the property without hiring an urban forester. Councilman Duane Ham's motion to approve died for lack of a second.
The proposed development would be located on the north side of Hwy. 105, west of the San Jacinto River bridge. The property is about 120 acres. However, only about 15 acres are developable. Between 85 and 105 acres are expected to remain a natural preserve area.
The project includes plans to provide scenic lakes within the interior of the property with commercial property overlooking the lakes, Conroe Community Development Director Nancy Mikeska said.
Council approves slew of infrastructure contracts
- Council members approved a $834,320 contract with IPR South Central to relocate a waterline, a sanitary sewer line and pipe bursting on FM 2854. The project is necessary to accommodate a Texas Department of Transportation widening project on FM 2854. The utility relocations are expected to be completed within four months.
- The council also approved payment of invoices from Entergy to relocate energy poles on Wilson Road to accomodate a widening project of the road by the city.
- The city approved a $304,893 design contract with CP&Y to extend Camelot Street to Sgt. Ed Holcolmb Road.
- The city approved a $562,000 contract with Freese and Nichols to conduct a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study to inspect 5 areas east of I-45 where the city has experienced issues with water infiltrating the sanitary system.
- The council also approved a $1.59 million contract with Doughtie Construction to move the outfall stucture for the city's wastewater plant.
City promotes Tommy Woolley to director of Capital Projects and transportation
The city appointed Tommy Woolley as Director of Capital Projects and Transportation. Woolley previously served as assistant director of projects and transportation.