West University roundup: Council approves Buffalo Speedway MOU, appoints IT director, hires attorney

Buffalo Speedway
The rebuild of Buffalo Speedway is slated to begin in 2021. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

The rebuild of Buffalo Speedway is slated to begin in 2021. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

The West University Place City Council unanimously approved additional items Sept. 28, including the appointment of a new IT director, hiring an attorney and approval of a memorandum of understanding with the city of Houston for the Buffalo Speedway rebuild project.

Memorandum of understanding approved for Buffalo Speedway

A memorandum of understanding with the city of Houston was approved, outlining the responsibilities of each city for the Buffalo Speedway Rehabilitation Project.

West University Place will be responsible for roadway construction and drainage work within Houston’s right of way, while Houston will support and assist as necessary.

The $32.56 million project, which seeks to provide drainage improvements and a complete road surface replacement on Buffalo Speedway, has been in development since October 2018, paid for through a combination of city of West University Place and Texas Department of Transportation funds as well as grants worth about $14.5 million. Construction is slated to begin in 2021.


Davenport appointed as new IT director

West University Place appointed Kevin Davenport to serve as the city's new information technology director.

Davenport has worked for the city of Texarkana since 2000, managing IT matters for both the Texas and Arkansas sides of the city, along with Bowie County.

The new IT director is expected to start work Oct. 5.

Attorney for drainage easement acquisition hired

West University Place hired eminent domain, condemnation and property rights law firm McFarland as the city looks to acquire a drainage easement on land owned by St. Vincent De Paul Church at the corner of West Holcombe Boulevard and Buffalo Speedway.

The cost of the contract would depend on how long acquisition and condemnation proceedings would last.

West University Place City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 3800 University Blvd., Houston. Meetings are available via teleconference.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.