Improvement projects in the works at Alba

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The Alba City Council moved ahead with two public improvement projects last week.

The city has received a community development grant for $275,000 to address street drainage issues.

An engineering contract was approved for the project with Schaumberg and Polk, and environmental work is already underway.

It was estimated that the work will be ready to bid by early summer, with construction to start in late summer or fall.

The council also awarded a bid for $693,299 for a sewer line project.

That project is being funded through a Texas Water Development Board loan.

Craig’s Dirt Service was the successful bidder. Work is expected to begin in mid- to late-April and includes replacing the city’s original early-1960s main sewer line and connecting service lines.

The lines to be replaced are under Quitman St. and Mockingbird Rd. and total 3,900 feet.

Also on Monday the council canceled the May 2 election as the three incumbents, Tammy Kirkpatrick, Larry Jones and Robert Kraemer, are unopposed.

The council also got its first look at plans for a butterfly garden being planned by Alba-Golden students for the city park.

Norman White gave the annual financial audit.

He said most revenue categories were down slightly in the general fund, while the water and sewer fund saw higher income. He noted a couple spending categories that were over budget and recommended the council make budget amendments to avoid that in the future.

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