After the Montgomery City Council meeting last Tuesday was cancelled due to lack of quorum, the city rescheduled the meeting to Aug. 21. During this meeting, council members discussed and took action on numerous agenda items, including an update to the ongoing Buffalo Springs Drive bridge repair and festival road closures. Council Member T.J. Wilkerson was not in attendance.

Here are three takeaways from the Montgomery City Council meeting Aug. 21

1. Buffalo Springs Drive bridge repair continues
City Engineer Chris Roznovsky said repairs to the Buffalo Springs Drive bridge have been further delayed from the Aug. 30-31 deadline, which was a delay from the original construction timeline. The contractor is now estimating a completion date of Sept. 18, Roznovsky said.

Buffalo Springs Drive bridge was damaged by floodwaters in April 2016, and the city spent more than a year negotiating funding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The repair contract began in January 2018 and was originally set to be completed in mid-June. Roznovsky said weather, labor issues and slow production impacted the most recent 20-day delay.

“Of those 20 days, we can only account for—not to the contractor but just the number of days that it rained—seven to eight days," Roznovsky said. "So it is about two weeks of just slow production by the contractor.”

2. Council approves road closures for the annual Wine and Music Festival
The Wine and Music Fest returns to the Montgomery Historic District on Sept. 15, featuring 16 Texas wineries, various craft beers, food, live music and child-friendly activities.

In recognition of this annual festival, five roads in the downtown area—East College, McCown, Maiden, Caroline and John A Butler streets—will be closed to vehicles. The five roads will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. However, an amendment was approved with the stipulation that the road closures be approved with affected businesses.

3. Council approves road closures for inaugural OctoBearfest
Council approved road closures at the intersection of College Street and the northern half of McCown Street for the inaugural OctoBearfest event from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6.

The event benefits nonprofit organization Bears Etc., which is a local nonprofit organization that seeks to raise funds to create a bear sanctuary in or near the city of Montgomery. OctoBearfest will feature a barbecue cook-off, a crafters market, bake sale and a children’s area.