FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — A water line project is nearing completion to pave the way for new commercial and residential development on U.S. 281 South in Burnet, officials say.
Crews are working on extending about 15,000 feet of water line along the southern corridor of the city and expect to be finished next spring.
“Not only will it help open up the commercial development for 281 south, but it will help us boost fire flow to that region by at least 50 percent,” City Manager David Vaughn said. “The land south of there has a lot of potential, but if you don’t have water and wastewater there, it’s unlikely someone will come in and buy it to incur that cost.”
The city of Burnet budgeted about $400,000 for the project.
“It’s all being funded through cash. There is no debt associated with it,” he said. “We’ve worked very hard for the last several years to get ourselves in a position where we have the funds to be able to do these kinds of projects.”
Working with developers who are considering residential and commercial devellopment on U.S. 281 South, city officials defrayed some of the expense for water line expansion.
“It’s half or less of what it would cost us under normal circumstances,” he said. “Anytime we have a chance to make that kind of gain and share that cost with a developer, it’s a great deal for us.”
Currently, the city provides water infrastructure south of the city to Sunday Drive at The Ranch Subdivsion.
“Just in the activity we’ve had so far, we’ve seen the developers expedite their efforts in looking to get commercial development going,” Vaughn said.
As the water line construction continues, crews will lay the foundation for further development.
“It’s all along 281, so it won’t impact any current traffic flow as well as we’re making provisions for the new Windmill Way that’s being constructed, which will be a major roadway in that area,” he said.