San Angelo City Council preview, 4/19

The San Angelo City Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. Council will consider awarding a $3.6 million contract for street sealcoating and allowing Twin Buttes Reservoir to become part of hunting program through the state. Council members will consider adopting a resolution approving a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Reclamation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the creation and management of public hunting lands at Twin Buttes Reservoir.

According to a report to Council, the purpose of the memorandum of understanding is to include the recreational lands of Twin Buttes in the Public Lands Hunting Program that would provide for increased law enforcement, promote recreation, hunting and fishing opportunities. The program would also work to improve public access to the land and enhancement to habitat and improvement activities.

According to Carl White, parks and recreation director, through the TPWD’s Public Lands Hunting Program there would be more opportunities for family-oriented outdoor recreational activity and provide increased security.

Texas Parks and Wildlife would administer the program. Currently there are almost 900,000 acres in Texas in the public hunting program. Access would be provided by two types of permits. One permit would be a $48 annual public hunting permit that would allow full access to hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. The second would be a $12 limited public use permit that would allow for all recreational activities except hunting. TPWD would use the fees to administer the program.

This isn’t the first time Council has been briefed about the program. At a City Council meeting in 2015, Council was presented information over the same program, but no formal action was taken. Council did give parks and recreation staff direction to move forward in exploring the hunting program further. There is no financial impact on the city’s budget of approving the memorandum of understanding.

Also on the agenda is to consider authorizing City engineering staff permission  to negotiate an agreement Ronald R. Wagner & Co., L.P. for sealcoat services as previously discussed in the 2016 annual sealcoat project in the amount of $3.6 million.

Sealcoating is the process of sealing cracks and fissures in the pavement to prevent water from seeping into the cracks on the roads and causing failure of the base material through applying a thin layer of liquid asphalt overlaid with a layer of coated rock. Sealcoating City streets is an annually preventative occurrence and is part of an eight-year comprehensive street maintenance plan that city council set as its No. two priority. According to Russell Pehl, City engineer, the 2016 sealcoat service will be a step toward this goal set in 2014.

Ronald R. Wagner & Co., L.P. sealcoated San Angelo’s streets in 2010 and 2015 and completed the project to specifications with no quality or warranty issue.