Council considers grant projects

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island City Council met Wednesday evening for their regular meeting. The crowd was lively during the first portion of the meeting, when the council considered and chose to formally oppose the construction of Liquified Natural Gas facilities in the vicinity of Port Isabel. The council spent the remainder of the meeting addressing current projects and future grant applications. In addition, Mayor Pro Tem Alex Avalos, who led the meeting in the Mayor Barry Patel’s absence, made a proclamation to recognize September as National Food Safety Month to encourage businesses and create awareness throughout the community.

In regards to current projects, the council awarded a contract to complete construction on phase one at the John L. Tompkins City Park for an amount not to exceed $703,433.40. The original budget was for $650,000 with $400,000 coming through a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Public Works Director Armando Gutierrez estimated about $687,000 for the project and agreed that the bid was reasonable. With about $75,000 available in excess of the general fund, the council awarded the contract to the only bidder. Councilman Sam Listi, who has put a lot of effort into the project said, “This is a great moment in my life after three or four years trying to get this project together.”

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