City to hire storm water contractor

- The City of San Angelo has been without a city engineer for more than half a year now and they have decided to hire an outside firm following the realization that a recent storm water project, put out for bids, had several design flaws.

"Maybe I wasn't clear, clear enough," stated city engineer, Karl Bednarz.

On Tuesday, council members discovered the Avenue P stormwater project,  which has already gone to bid, has several flaws. Because of that, council decided to hire a Fort Worth contractor to provide engineering services for the city's storm water projects.

Mayor Dwain Morrison said this is the first time he has heard about the problems.

"I thought everything had been worked out. I thought the plans were designed.... I thought the plans had been led," said Morrison. "I thought the contractor was ready to go and now I find out there's some glitches in it. I'm very surprised, a little frustrated."

After a special workshop meeting last week where water and street maintenance were discussed, Councilman for SMD 3, Johnny Silvas, said he does not understand why failure to fix the overflow from the Red Arroyo River to Chadbourne Street did not come up.

"That's one of the first steps to the whole project. Why... bring it up now," questioned Silvas.

The city has not had a stormwater engineer for seven months now and that is why council approved the fort worth firm at up to $100,000 annually.

Bednarz said there are several projects the contractor could fix.

"One project that's out there... we've got a storm water checklist from developers they would like to see is knowing exactly what's ahead for a piece of property," said Bednarz.

Bednarz said the Fort Worth company will provide city engineering services until an in-house engineer is hired.

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