While no action was taken Tuesday by the Public Works Committee of the Stephenville City Council, members of the committee indicated a willingness to recommend approval of a resolution or ordinance agreeing to sponsor designating a portion of Graham Street in honor of the late Carl Phillips after details of the project are finalized.
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital Chaplain Mike Hannah told the committee he was not seeking any action, but was interested in receiving directions to assist the group of citizens seeking the designation of a "Dr. Carl Phillips Memorial Highway."
He recommended that the portion of Highway 108 from city limit sign to city limit sign have the designation as a memorial highway. He also suggested that a plaque similar to historical markers could be placed in the Stephenville City Park outlining details of the contributions of Phillips.
Hannah and a group of interested citizens approached the Stephenville City Council in early May recommending the honor be bestowed upon Phillips because of his "exemplary service to the community" which included employment at the Stephenville hospital from 1926 until his retirement in 1998, his volunteer work at the hospital until March 14, 2006, and his service to the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.
It was suggested by one committee member that the plaque might be more appropriately placed at the hospital rather than the city park, while another questioned why the memorial highway should be limited to extending to the north and south city limits.
One member suggested recommending that the council authorize the city staff to work with Hannah and members of his group, but Todd McEvoy thought it would be more fitting for members of Hannah's committee to develop the details of the project. He said that would be more of a honor for Phillips than turning the project over to the staff.
"I will get the group together and come back to you with a proposal," Hannah said. "As we work with the proposal, who would I need to talk to in city government - this committee or members of the staff?"
He said if an idea was presented, he needed to be able to discuss the feasibility of the idea with someone in the city government. It was agreed that City Administrator Mark Kaiser would be the individual with the city to give guidance to the group as the proposal is developed.
The committee also heard a report on Phase II, Methodist Branch of the Storm Water Drainage project and a status report on new water wells.
It also voted to recommend to the full council that Purcell Contracting Ltd of Meridian be awarded the bid for Phase II Pumping Facilities and Distribution System Improvements for the Long Term Water Supply Project.
Purcell's bid was for $1.882 while Lem Construction Co. Inc. bid $2.252 million and Holloman Construction Co. bid $2.766 million.