(Seguin) -- The city of Seguin is investing millions of dollars into the community's aging infrastructure. Everything from roads to water and sewer projects are currently being tackled by the city.
City Manager Doug Faseler on Tuesday provided the Seguin City Council with an update on the current projects underway inside the city. Faseler details dozens of projects that have either been started, that have been completed, or that are about to begin this year. He says staff has been busy and the results can be seen all over town.
"Just to give you an idea about $28.8 million in general fund projects. This doesn't even include those projects that I showed that are complete, (like) the Utility Operations Center, the Animal Services (Facility) or any of those street projects. These are those that are underway, or still need to be started. (That's) $28.8 million right there. The utility fund, about $24 million, or $24.1 million in utility projects. The grand total is about almost $53 million in projects either underway or to be started," said Faseler.
Many of the projects are tied to the expansion of services in Seguin. Some projects, like the Animal Services and Utilities Service Center facilities, also represented major upgrades to the services that had previously been offered in Seguin. Faseler says they have really stepped up to help move all of the projects forward.
"Some projects, maybe had some folks working outside their comfort zone -- be it the police chief, Deputy Police Chief (Bruce) Ure working on the animal services (facility), or (Utilities Director) Clarence (Smith) with the Utility Operations Center. The staff has really stepped up and as you can tell we got a lot done, and a lot still on our plate," said Faseler.
Will Lockett, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer, also provided the council with an update on a long-awaited TxDOT project. Lockett says they are moving forward with the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of State Highways 123 Bypass and 123 Business, near the Continental Automotive Systems plant. Lockett says they originally thought they would have to shut down a significant portion of the intersection, but he says they came up with a new solution that will not require a shut down in that area.