According to city staff, a similar resolution was approved in 2021, which was not to exceed $700,000.
Through meetings with the City Council, the Main Street Committee and the Historical Preservation Committee, the scope of the original task order agreement began to increase, which led to the closing of that agreement and the proposal of a new agreement in an amount not to exceed $2.17 million.
According to city staff, the project will identify and fully design roadway, landscaping, lighting, utilities and other aesthetic improvements to the Main Street corridor.
Funding for the proposed professional services contract and future construction will be from remaining funds from the previous professional services contract, Main Street bond funds from 2012 and 2022, remaining 2009 street bond funds and EDC funds.
Place 1 Council Member Mark Davis said Schertz is lacking in Main Street development and activities compared to surrounding cities and that Main Street has been neglected for too long.
“We have been battling this Main Street issue forever and have very carefully stepped through this over the past three or four years or so,” Davis said. “Honestly, I wish that we didn’t have to spend some of the money that we have to spend on Main Street.”
Place 5 Council Member David Scagliola voted against the resolution, agreeing that the utilities should be addressed, but he does not believe the Main Street Project is worth the expenses.
“I am not opposed to fixing the drainage or utilities on Main Street,” Scagliola said. “I think there are a lot of other streets in the city that need just as much work.”
City Council approved the resolution in a 5-1 vote.