The E-T caught up with Nick Williams, director of Stephenville's Public Works Department, for a quick summary of current projects.

Here’s a snapshot of what he had to say:

• TxCDBG on Oak/Elm 

The city applied for and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant [TxCDBG] for $275,000 in 2016. All activities funded with the TxCDBG must meet one of the CDBG program’s national objectives: A: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and B: aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet community development needs having a particular urgency.

Brief Description — Stephenville has water lines that are aged and undersized, resulting in frequent maintenance issues and inadequate capacity. The water Line Improvement Project along West Elm Street between North Ollie and Clinton Avenue and along West Oak Street between North Ollie Street and North Race Street.

Water lines will be replaced to address the frequent maintenance issues and to improve capacity as well as fire protection. Contractors will install approximately 3,500 linear feet of six-inch water line, hydrants, valves, service reconnections, pavement repair and all associated appurtenances.

These activities will benefit 1,427 persons, of which 942 — or sixty-six percent — are of low to moderate income. 

• Chip Seal Project 

Brief Description – The chip seal application is emulsified asphalt, cover coat aggregate and a fog seal.  It will be applied to approximately 11 lane miles to various streets.

• Micro-Surface Project 

Brief Description – The Micro-Surfacing system consists of a mixture of cationic polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, mineral aggregate, mineral filler, water, and other additives if required by mix design and will be applied to approximately 5 lane miles of various streets.

• Long Street Low Water Crossing Repair Project 

Brief Description – The removal and replacement of concrete, asphalt riprap, install supporting embankment and install reinforced concrete riprap and overlay two-inch (2”) Type-D hot mix asphaltic concrete for the Long Street Low Water Crossing Repair Project.

• TSU Methodist Branch SS Relief Line Project 

Brief Description — The utility work is complete and project completion is expected within 14 days.

Performance statements and location maps can be located on the city’s website at works/.