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coldspringcityBy Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — The Coldspring City Council on Jan. 9 discussed ongoing and new grants for numerous projects, including installing sewer lines throughout the city.

Mayor John Benestante said that providing sewer lines to all points inside the city limits is a project that needs to be completed “once and for all.”

Benestante said the city only uses 20 percent of the capacity of the sewer plant, but it costs as if it’s running at 70 percent. Additional revenue will help offset those costs.

Additionally, the project to extend sewer lines down FM 2025 is progressing; engineering drawings are finished, and Benestante said the city hopes to solicit bids statewide in May.

The council also discussed the 2023-24 Texas Community Development Block Grant of $630,000 application, as well as applications for TAP grants to construct sidewalks near the High School.

In a separate matter, the council discussed construction of the proposed concession stand for the youth league ballparks.

Benestante said the council is waiting on design changes, and when finished the city will seek local bids, possibly by end of January.

In other business, the council:

•discussed a proposed purchase of 10 acres of land from the school system;

•approved budget transfers for the 2022; and

•approved the election contract with the county. The council members have elections every year, based on terms of city alderman.

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