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Fort Bend County
Sugar Land City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sugar Land City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a $27,967,500 lump sum, design/build contract with Barton Marlow/Linbeck, a joint venture, for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium.

The item included an $8 million budget amendment for revenues and expenditures associated funding the stadium. The project is to begin this month and substantial completion of the stadium is scheduled for April of 2012.

“The stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes through the Sugar Land 4B Corporation,” Special Projects Manager Mike Hobbs said.  “No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium. In addition, the approval of the Budget Amendment in the amount of $8 million is necessary to reflect additional funding and Opening Day Partners’ contribution to the project for other improvements.”

The city council voted unanimously to publish a notice of intent by the city to issue $99 million in certificates of obligation.

The funds will be used primarily for construction of a surface water treatment plant, which is estimated to total $69 million. An additional $19.7 million will fund the construction of surface water transmission lines. A total of $9.85 million will fund water plant upgrades.

The certificates of obligation will be repaid through the surface water and groundwater reduction plan fees.

The debt is not being issued through water system revenue bonds.

“The issuance of certificates of obligation allows the city to enhance the credit of the surface water debt through a pledge of the city’s full faith and credit, thereby yielding lower interest rates than could be achieved for revenue bonds issued for this size,” Budget and Research Director Jennifer Brown said.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a $1,465,498 contract with Freese Nichols, Incorporated for project management services associated with the Surface Water Treatment Plant Project.

Freese Nichols will manage the project during the total two years expected for completion. The construction of the surface water plant is part of a mandated conversion from groundwater to surface water sources to meet the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s regulations.

“As indicated in the Groundwater Reduction Plan, the surface water treatment plant will be constructed for an initial production capacity of 9 million gallons per day, Phase I, with capability for future expansion to 22 million gallons per day, Phase II,” Assistant Utilities Director Jessie Li said. “The preliminary engineering design of the surface water treatment plant was completed in 2009 and the final engineering design was completed in January 2010. The construction of the surface water treatment plant will start in March 2011.”

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present.  Agenda




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