FREEPORT ALMOST FINISHED WITH PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

Upgrades at Freeport’s playgrounds are near completion, City Manger Jeff Pynes said.

City Council last month approved the $27,350 expenditure after city staff found a need to provide a suitable cushion at each of the city’s playgrounds for children when they fall.

“It’s about 90 percent right now. We expect it to be 100 percent done by Thursday,” Pynes said.

When complete, each playground will have “Kiddie Cushion,” a different type of mulch specifically designed to provide softer landing areas at playgrounds.

SWEENY ISD HOPES TO GET GAMES

IN AT NEW FIELDS THIS YEAR

With only a few areas left to finish, Sweeny ISD is hoping to have some games at a completed baseball/softball complex before the seasons are over.

The building of the concession stand is the only thing standing in the way of the baseball side being finished, while coverings on the batting cage and grandstands are what’s left for the softball field, Superintendent Randy Miksch said.

The school district is hoping the project will be completed, or as close as possible, for an April 21 grand opening, Miksch said.

Both teams have been playing at the fields while construction has been going on, and the district has not received any complaints, he said.

“People have been understanding and have really enjoyed attending the games so far,” Miksch said.

CITY WAITING FOR DEVELOPER TO FINISH SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENTS

Angleton city officials still are waiting for RML Development to run electricity to the Heritage Court subdivision’s lift station to prove the neighborhood’s sewer lines are operational, City Manager Michael Stoldt.

The developers repaved sections of the streets that were cracked to the core and poured the concrete for the lift station, but they have yet to show it is up and running properly, he said.

“The last email I received from the engineer was that Matula and Matula was scheduled to hook it up on April 16,” Stoldt said.

The city mandated the company put $60,000 in escrow to cover the cost of the improvements if RML failed to meet city standards. Most of that money has been returned since the streets were fixed, but they will not receive the rest until they prove the lift station works, Stoldt said.

CENTRAL EMS HELIPAD COULD

BECOME OPERATIONAL TODAY

Electrical work on a new helipad adjacent to the Central Emergency Medical Services Inc. station in West Columbia is expected to be completed today, weather permitting, Central EMS Director Susan Hays said.

Although the provider still plans to paint the helipad according to Federal Aviation Administration’s instrument flight rules — allowing helicopters to land in inclement weather — the helipad will be functional once the wiring is complete, Hays said.

Central EMS poured concrete at the helipad last week, after securing funding with the help of more than $10,000 received from last year’s Dow Gives Community Grant, along with contributions from several other donors.

Lance Reaves is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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