City council hears improvement plans

Fredericksburg City Council members heard a presentation on last Tuesday about the first of two stages for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) from various city departments.

Over the next 20 years, a total of approximately $100 million will need to be allocated for 13 departments and their expected projects (including the street department, park department and sanitation department projects). This includes the general fund allocation, the enterprise fund allocation and possible bond funds.

“Over the next 20 years, the needs in the city of Fredericksburg, organization-wide, the total amount of the projects is about $100 million, with about $29 million eligible for possible bond funding,” said Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities.

The CIP is done annually to assess priorities for improvements.

“The CIP process was established to provide a routine process and procedure for identifying, evaluating and advocating the future of capital needs for the city of Fredericksburg,” Bailey said.

The funds needed for 2016-2017 will be just over $5 million and there are 13 different CIP submittals, 11 of which were discussed at Monday’s meeting.

 “This is actually phase one of two phases this year, the second one will fall on July 18 and will discuss wastewater, reclaimed water and the master drainage plan,” Bailey said. 

A lot of the work is done in-house, Bailey said. 

“We take a very hard look at that overall impact to our citizens and we really try to do as much in-house as we can before we go out to bid them and build them,” Bailey said.

The total amount requested by the CIP is listed in the sidebar of this story.  

Lifeline Ventures project

A resolution that approved the issuance of Crawford Health Facilities Development Corporation Taxable Revenue Bonds (Lifeline Venture Projects) was approved by council.

The city was requested to approve the resolution supporting the issuance of revenue bonds to help finance improvements to the Paige House on North Llano Street to add a 16-bed Alzheimer care facility.

“The funding is being requested for the Paige House,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “They are getting ready to sell that facility and also expand it to provide an Alzheimer’s disease service wing.”

The bonds will have no impact on the local tax rate, Myers said, but the local governing board is required to approve a resolution supporting the financing.

The projected costs of the project and cost of issuance of the bonds are not expected to exceed $12,480,000.

There will be no liability to the city, and the approval does not automatically approve any construction.   

Change of procedures

Approval for the changes to the Rules of Procedure and Code of Ethics was also made by council during the meeting. 

Three years ago, the council approved the Rules of Procedure that provides guidelines for City Council agendas, council attendance, public input and other operational matters.

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