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Council approves $2.8 million in public works improvements

June 13, 2018

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For Immediate Release
June 13, 2018
Council approves $2.8 million in public works improvements
On June 13 at the City Council meeting, Tyler Council approve the spending of almost $2.8 million for drainage and wastewater treatment plant improvements. It's #TimeToBuild!
Courtney Miller Drainage project
The Courtney Miller Drainage project has been on the Half Cent Sales Tax project list for more than 20 years. Originally commissioned in 2006, Adams Engineering (Adams) was selected to study the problem and design a solution. The project has experienced delays multiple times due to easement acquisition and funding constraints.
The construction plans were originally signed and sealed in 2011. Additional services are needed at this time, however, for Adams to revise the plans to accommodate easement negotiations. Council approved spending $175,220 to finalize design plans for the project.
“Funded out of Half Cent Sales Tax, this project provides for improvements to the existing open drainage channel from Courtney Drive, across Miller Drive and to Golden Road by enclosing the open channel with a box culvert,” said Scott Taylor, managing director of public works. “This will address erosion and flooding issues across seventeen properties.”
Additionally, Council approved awarding $2,035,021 to Reynolds & Kay for the construction of the designed improvements to the Courtney Miller Drainage Project. Construction is expected start in two months and should take approximately 10 months, pending weather conditions.
Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements project
City Council approved a contract of $586,800 with KSA Engineers for engineering services from preliminary design through the end of construction, including surveying, preliminary and final design, bidding and construction inspection.
The plant has two primary clarifier units that have not been operational for many years, which affects the plant's ability to operate at its full treatment capacity. In addition, various improvements at the headworks and primary sludge pump station will be included in order to make needed repairs to existing equipment.
The Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant (SSWWTP) was built in 1955 and has a treatment capacity of nine (9) million gallons per day (mgd).
About the #TimeToBuild Campaign
The state of our infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues we face as a community. Our jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness and public safety are all dependent upon it. Much of Tyler’s infrastructure (streets, water systems, drainage systems and sewer systems) was installed in the early 20th century and has reached the end of its useful life. Two years ago, the Tyler City Council made a pledge to modernize and build anew our community’s infrastructure. Last year, the City of Tyler spent $20 million dollars, 13 percent of the City’s total budget, on maintenance, repair and improvements. No other city in the State of Texas can claim this achievement. The benefits of this stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting. But we are not finished. We must build our capacity to do even more. The future does not wait, but neither do we. Today it’s #TimeToBuild!
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About the City of Tyler
The City of Tyler, known as the “Rose Capital of the World,” is home to approximately 115,000 residents and is the major regional center for east Texas. Approximately 250,000 people come into the city each day to work, shop, and seek medical care or attend one of our four colleges and universities.  Through conservative financial planning, we provide top-quality customer service to citizens, while paying cash for infrastructure needs and ensuring that the City’s collected revenues exceed expenditures. The City of Tyler has no tax supported debt and an AAA bond rating, a water supply that will last the next 75 years and we have landfill space to last until 2110. The City also provides residents with more than 1,000 acres of parkland which comprise 27 parks throughout Tyler. Our competitive fire protection rating is held by only 4% in the State and our Police Department is one of the first accredited in Texas. Our vision is to be the standard of performance excellence in local government. Learn more by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or by visiting us online at

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