Marble Falls Capital Improvement Plan committee debates park’s cost in $68M projects list

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

Park View Park near Mormon Mill Road is one of many planned projects in the city of Marble Falls’s five-year plan. The Capital Improvement Plan Committee made a recommendation to present more than $68 million in projects over five years for the City Council to consider.

Park View Park near Mormon Mill Road is one of many planned projects in the city of Marble Falls’s five-year plan. The Capital Improvement Plan Committee made a recommendation to present more than $68 million in projects over five years for the City Council to consider.

MARBLE FALLS — With more than $68 million in planned projects over the next five years to recommend to City Council, the Marble Falls Capital Improvement Plan Committee debated just one item Aug. 23.

Work on Park View Park is projected for the upcoming year. The plan is to create a park out of a 10-acre lot owned by the city. A proposed budget of $550,000 for total work seemed too much for the committee.

One member, Jason Coleman, didn’t disagree with the work, just the dollar amount. Others agreed with him.

“I can’t condone that expensive of an item,” he said.

So the committee’s action item was to recommend the five-year plan as presented, except with Park View Park having a budget of $250,000.

The Capital Improvement Plan will be presented to City Council at their second September meeting for final decisions.

The 2018-19 fiscal year includes almost $10 million in projects split among utilities, streets, parks, and facilities. Those projects include a proposed parking garage and Phase 1A of the parks plan for work near Lakeside Park. The Park View Park item is included, as is money for design work to be done for a potential new City Hall.

Larger projects from the plan are below.

Utilities

  • New wastewater treatment plant: $11 million in 2020-21
  • Rocky Road water line: $2.17 million in 2021-22

Streets

  • Nature Heights Drive (to serve as a new road connecting U.S. 281 to Mormon Mill Road): $2.6 million in 2021-22
  • Seven other street improvement projects in total of $2,951,000 from 2018-2023. Page 16 of the plan.

Parks

  • Downtown parks Phase 1A: $3,053,710 in 2018-19
  • Downtown parks Phase 1B: $6,249,331 in 2019-20
  • Sport fields/park: $1 million in 2020-21
  • Downtown parks Phase 1C: $5,443,776 in 2021-22

Facilities

  • Downtown parking garage: $4.5 million in 2018-19
  • City Hall building: $4,040,000 in 2021-22
  • New south fire station: $3,074,600 in 2021-22

jared@thepicayune.com

7 Responses to “Marble Falls Capital Improvement Plan committee debates park’s cost in $68M projects list”

  1. Myopic says:

    Come on! It isn’t going to get cheaper. Protect what green space you have now or you will only regret it.

  2. Steve says:

    Yea that 50k is a bit much for a park but the CIP committee keeps kicking the can down the road. Example of that is the Rocky road water line which keeps getting pushed back year after year. That is an unfunded item on the list. They were supposed to have started that with in 2 1/2 years of annexing the area which they annexed in 2008. The leaders should have deannexed that area long ago instead of taking those people’s tax dollars.

  3. Mary says:

    You mean they’ve been taking your tax dollars for ten years and they haven’t given y’all water line? Did they improve your roads? What have they done for y’all?

    • Steve says:

      They first claimed lines would be ran to each tract in that area but then claimed they did not have to since they ran one down 281. Then they said they could for an extra cost but that goes against state law. As far as the roads. They were slightly improved but that was so trucks delivering concrete and gravel to world mark had an easy route. No sidewalks or curbs either which according to the Ada has to be done. Oh but we can get brush pick up so we got that going for us.

  4. joe h says:

    As a resident of the area and an outsider of Rocky Rd looking in, I have noticed this project being pushed further and further out through the years. In reading everyone’s post, maybe it’s time to elect a new city council that will follow through on the actual agenda’s that are presented at the council meetings. Come on folks sitting on the current council, let’s follow through on the actual agenda’s at hand instead of skipping over project’s that made sense at the time conception.

    • Les Fenter says:

      Joe said it!! What’s up w/City Council? In case they haven’t noticed, Marble Falls is not the sleepy little town it was 10 years ago. Step it up, guys. We love our community and our business owners need incomes. Vacation/Tourism, is our primary source of income. Let’s accommodate and enjoy it!

      • Steve says:

        Les look at the list of projects. They want to spend 4.5 mil on the downtown parking garage. That will give all the tourists and vacationers a place to park while they visit all of downtown. They will spend millions of dollars and that will support the buisnesses.

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