Montgomery City Council approves Atkins Creek bid, considers speed humps and fishing ban

Montgomery City Council held its regular meeting on July 23.

Montgomery City Council held its regular meeting on July 23.

Work to improve the intersection of FM 1097 and Atkins Creek may soon begin now that the city of Montgomery has approved a bid on the Federal Emergency Management Agency project.

Montgomery City Council approved a $290.84 million bid from Solid Bridge Construction LLC at its regular meeting July 23. The project will add two aerial crossings for a water line and sanitary sewer line as well as improvements to existing storm sewer end treatment and installing sloped paving.

City Engineer Chris Roznovsky said the original project was opened in May and received no bids, but after re-evaluating the scope of the work, he recommended going with Solid Bridge Construction.

“We currently have a project with them in the north side of Houston,” Roznovsky said. “The work that they are currently doing and have done have no issues.”

Council also considered plans to put two or three speed humps on Bessie Price Owen Drive. Council Member John Champagne requested the bumps but said he was open to solutions to stop the 40-50 mph speeding in the 20 mph signage road.

“A dog gets loose, a kid gets loose, we’ve got a problem,” Champagne said. “As much as I hate speed humps, I hate the alternative.”

The council decided to allow the police department 90 days to monitor the area and potentially give out citations before deciding on adding speed humps. Police Chief Anthony Solomon said his officers will determine what time of day the speeding is occurring and will give citations with the officer’s discretion.

“We know why we’re there, and that’s to enforce that speed,” Solomon said.

The council gave City Administrator Richard Tramm approval to start working with City Attorney Larry Foerster to develop an ordinance prohibiting fishing at Memory Park, which is stocked with ornamental koi fish. Tramm said the potential fine would be around $250. Tramm said recently, an individual was ticketed for trespassing while fishing in the park, but his ticket was dismissed.

"They had a right to be at the property; it was their activity," Tramm said. "But there is no ordinance in place for fishing."

Water theft, car accidents, new website

Michael Williams, the vice president of operations for Gulf Utility Service, gave a water report showing in the month of June, only 89% of the water used was accounted for and paid. Typically, the city sees 95% of water accounted for. Williams said his organization is looking for potential leaks or water thefts.

“We’re just trying to identify where this water has gone. It’s a bit of an anomaly,” Williams said.

Solomon said there have been 38 accidents since the beginning of the year, and his department will be implementing a new plan of increased police visibility to monitor the streets.

City Secretary Susan Hensley presented the city’s new website, including a streamlined design and featuring maps of public projects and parks. Citizens can also subscribe to be notified about job opportunities, city alerts and news, legal notices and other city business. Mayor Sarah Countryman commended the new website.

“We’ve worked a long time on this and are pretty proud of the end product,” Countryman said.
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By Andy Li

Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now covers the Conroe Independent School District, Montgomery City Council and transportation.


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