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City Awards Contracts For Street Repairs But That Has Some Residents Wondering About Quality Control

Corpus Christi City Council and Mayor Joe McComb handed out $13.7 Million in contracts for 34 street repair projects at Tuesdays Council meeting. The city was proud to promote that these projects were awarded to mostly locally owned companies, and that would be a good thing if not for one thing—they seem to be taking their sweet time getting the projects completed.

The contracts are part of a voter-approved street improvement program for maintenance or reconstruction of residential streets.

The projects and awards all good and great as long as somebody makes sure that the work actually gets done in a timely manner and gets done right. Two major complaints from residents is now, and has been in the past that not only does it take contractors what seems excessive amounts of time to complete the jobs, but it also has been noted several times that the end work is shoddy, at best.

“It all sounds good,’ says Ramon Garcia of Flour Bluff. “You see how that little patch on Laguna Shores is almost in as bad of shape as it was before. I mean only a little bit better, but it is still washing away.”

The city says that the piece of roadway between Graham and Knickerbocker will be replaced as part of a larger planned project. Work has yet to begin on that either, but is planned for possibly later this year.

Residents who live in the County Club Estates area notice how crews will come out and fix streets only to have the potholes and ruts re-emerge following a good rain. It is an ongoing problem and city residents have their doubts that the work will be timely and of good quality.

Any work is probably better than no work at all, but why spend the money to fix the problem if it is only going to return after a hard rain? That seems to be the hard question that only the city can answer.

We are working on a full report for this week’s edition that you won’t want to miss.

Additional action included $1.3 Million for seven grants. Two were COVID-19 related as part of emergency supplemental funding for police and fire operations. The grants will fund overtime, equipment and supplies related to the COVID-19 virus response. Other actions included approval of grant applications related to auto theft and beach cleaning.

The City Council also funded an additional $500,000 to give more Corpus Christi businesses impacted by COVID-19 an opportunity to take advantage of the interest free loans. The program in phase 1 & 2 has assisted over 127 local businesses. For more information about the LiftFund, Inc. and the program, contact http://www.LiftFund.com or 888-215-2373.

The City Council meetings can be viewed live on the YouTube Channel CCTVCorpusChristi, Spectrum Channel 1300, Grande Channel 20, or online at http://www.cctexas.com.

street repair projects. The projects are part of the Residential Street Rebuild Program (RSRP) and most of the contracts were awarded to local companies.

The construction contracts were part of larger voter-approved street improvement program for maintenance or reconstruction of residential streets. This action approves construction contracts for 34 out of 60 residential streets. For more information about the City of Corpus Christi’s street improvement plan visit https://www.cctexas.com/rsrp

Additional action included $1.3 Million for seven grants. Two were COVID-19 related as part of emergency supplemental funding for police and fire operations. The grants will fund overtime, equipment and supplies related to the COVID-19 virus response. Other actions included approval of grant applications related to auto theft and beach cleaning.

The City Council also funded an additional $500,000 to give more Corpus Christi businesses impacted by COVID-19 an opportunity to take advantage of the interest free loans. The program in phase 1 & 2 has assisted over 127 local businesses. For more information about the LiftFund, Inc. and the program, contact http://www.LiftFund.com or 888-215-2373.

The City Council meetings can be viewed live on the YouTube Channel CCTVCorpusChristi, Spectrum Channel 1300, Grande Channel 20, or online at http://www.cctexas.com.

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