Council may approve $13 million in construction projects, new recycling contractor

Lewisville City Hall. (Photo by Adonis Carcamo)

At its regular meeting Nov. 5, Lewisville City Council may approve two construction projects that would put Old Town under construction until August 2020.

Council could also approve more than $10 million in bids to repair roads in Old Town, with repairs potentially lasting until August 2020. The city is expected to approve an $8.5 million contract with HQS Construction LLC to make paving, drainage, landscape and signal improvements along Main, Mill and Charles streets, a deal that will add on-street parking lanes, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, ornamental lighting and street furniture to the central Old Town streets.

The plans are to make sure Main Street and Mill Street are never both under construction at the same time, with Main Street construction running from January through September of 2019 and Mill Street starting directly after that, with a substantial completion date of August 2020, according to background material. Background material specifies that construction will be cleaned up for the annual Western Days Festival, Homecoming Parade and Holiday Stroll.

Also on the consent agenda is a $5.2 million contract with RKM Utility Services for a separate paving and drainage project on Midway Road, which will see the two-lane asphalt street remade out of concrete with a curb, gutter and sidewalks. This construction project would run from January to July of 2019, according to background material.

Also on its consent agenda, Council could award the contract to process Lewisville’s recyclable materials to FCC SA Inc., a global infrastructure operations company based out of Madrid. FCC and Waste Management were the only two companies to bid for the contract, with FCC winning out based on a much stronger financial offering. The city has potential to earn revenue from the contract based on what gets recycled.

The city had previously contracted with Waste Management for recyclable materials processing as recently as 2014, but switched to Pratt Industries in 2015. This most recent request for bids comes after Pratt informed the city it did not want to renew the contract. Waste Management has served as the city’s trash hauling contractor since the 1970s, but is currently in the process of selling area contracts to Republic Services. Waste Management got into hot water in February 2016 when it was discovered that some employees had been dumping recycled materials in landfills to save time on their routes.

Also on the consent agenda, the city could accept more than $200,000 in grants. The city has been awarded $125,955.52 under the State of Texas’ Homeland Security Grants Division.

Additionally, Denton County agreed to provide $71,000 to Lewisville for keeping Lewisville Public Library open to all Denton County residents. The county has been providing aid in exchange for this at varying numbers based on city population since 1991.

Lastly, Council may approve the sale of alcohol at Lewisville Public Library’s Bad Art night, scheduled for Dec. 14. The event is listed on the city’s calendar as a night for adults 21 and up to relieve stress by looking at each other’s bad art.

At its 6:30 p.m. workshop session, Council will discuss the history of recyclable materials processing in Lewisville as well as the city’s 2019 legislative agenda.

Lewisville City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at City Hall on 151 W. Church St., usually with a workshop session beforehand at which most of the discussion takes place. These meetings are open to the public.