City Projects

Each year, as part of the Capital Improvement Plan, the City Council authorizes a variety of projects. A number of the projects come from the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by the City in 2016, and updated in 2020. Other projects came from the Parks Master Plan that was adopted by the City in 2021. This page is designed with the goal of keeping residents informed as to what projects are budgeted, a timeline of completion, and major milestones as they occur. 

For projects that deal with flood mitigation, such as the Berm and Wall Street Neighborhood Drainage project, and home elevations, please refer to our Long Term Flood Recovery Page.

You can also find costs for these projects on our Open Finance Portal

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Gateway, Marquee, Wayfinding, Building and Street Signs

 

Gateway and Marquee Signs

The Gateway and Marquee Signs were a project that came from the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. In 2018 the City Council adopted the Gateways and Wayfinding Master Plan. The plan also included new street signs that incorporated the city logo. 

For FY 2019 and FY 2020 the City Council allocated $1 million each year (for $2 million total) for the project. For budgetary reasons the project was split in two phases. After several discussions with Harris County and no movement towards approval, some gateways originally planned to be in Phase 1 were moved to Phase 2. 

The types of signs, locations for them, and the phase for each are as follows. 

Sign Location Sign Type Project Phase
1 North Eldridge Pkwy and US 290 Large Gateway Phase 2
2 Philippine and Beltway 8 Large Gateway Phase 2
3 Jones Road near FM 529 Large Gateway TBD
4 Jones Road south of US 290 Large Gateway TBD
5 Jersey Drive at Lakeview near Fire Station Marquee Sign Phase 1
6 Senate Ave and Seattle St Marquee Sign Phase 2
7 Philippine Street and Equador Street Marquee Sign Phase 1
8 Village Drive and Rio Grande Marquee Sign Phase 1
9 Jones Road at Jersey Meadow Marquee Sign Phase 1
10 Jones Road near Wyndham Lake Blvd Small Gateway Phase 2
11 Senate Ave at US 290 Small Gateway Phase 2
12 Jersey Drive at US 290 Small Gateway Phase 1
13 Jones Road north of US 290 Small Gateway Phase 2
14 Steeple Way and US 290 Small Gateway Phase 2
15 West Road and US 290 Small Gateway Phase 2

 

Phase 1 Status

The contract to work with Clark Condon for the design of the Phase 1 project was approved by City Council in October 2018. As noted earlier Phase 1 was modified to remove signs in the Harris County Right Of Way and the full contract amount will not be spent. The Phase 2 contract contains the rest of these signs.

In October 2019 the City Council awarded the contract for Phase 1 of the signs to be completed. The original contract amount was $278,241.39.

The marquee sign on Philippine near Equador was modified from the original design to ensure the electrical components were adequately the base flood elevation as required by local ordinances. 

As of November 17, 2020 the project is substantially complete. There are a few punch list items that need to be completed before Phase 1 is finalized. Those items should be completed by November 20. 

As of November 30 the project is complete. With two change orders for the project the final cost for Phase 1 construction came to $294,478.51. 

One marquee screen at the Fire Station has been sent to the manufacturer for warranty work. As of August 9 the manufacturer is evaluating the work that needs to be done. 

 

Phase 2

In November 2019 the City Council authorized a contract with Clark Condon for Phase 2 of the design and construction management of the gateway and wayfinding signs project. 

As of mid-October 2020 Phase 2 is under design. A traffic engineer is assisting Clark Condon and the City to study traffic patterns, at the request of Harris County, around the areas where the gateways and signs will be installed. The initial study has been completed and is waiting for feedback from Harris County. Design and permitting work should be completed by early 2021, with this portion of the project out to bid in the spring of 2021. 

As of the week of January 18, 2021 the project has been submitted to permitting at TXDOT, Harris County, and the City. Each jurisdiction is reviewing the permits. As of April 2021 we are still waiting for permit approval from Harris County.

The project is out to bid as of May 19. The City Council is scheduled to award a bid at their June Council meeting and work should commence in July 2021. 

On June 21, 2021 the City Council awarded the project to Millis Development and Construction. They were the lowest responsible bid with a bid amount of $562,529. As of June 23, 2021 contract documents are being drafted. A Notice To Proceed will be issued in July. The contract has 160 days for the project to be completed. Work is expected to be done by the end of 2021. 

The week of August 9th the contract has begun to stage materials at City Hall. 

As of August 23, 2021 the contractor is working on the Layout and Foundations Electrical Rough-ins for the signs located at N. Eldridge, West, Steepleway, and Jones Road near Wyndham Lake Blvd. This is expected to take 30 days. The full project schedule, as of August 20, 2021 can be found here.   

 

Wayfinding and Building Signs

On September 21, 2020 the City Council authorized a contract for wayfinding and building signs. 

For building signage there will be new signs at City Hall, Police, Fire Station, and Public Works. There will also be new signs at Carol Fox Park and Clark Henry Park. The current signs at the parks will not be removed. The sign at City Hall would be built so it could be removed when City Hall moves and the foundation of the sign could be reused for a new sign for whatever is at the current location.

For the wayfinding signs 8 locations where identified:

  • Jones and Village Green
  • Village Dr near Rio Grande
  • Jersey Dr near Fire Station
  • Senate and Seattle
  • Senate and Lakeview
  • 2 on Lakeview at Jersey (one going each direction)
  • Lakeview and Philippine 

The new signs were installed November 12, 2020. The total cost for this project was $17,970.

 

Street Signs

The Street Signs were replaced in the fall of 2018 to the current ones we have today. The cost of this was $4,340.

The conceptual drawings of the different types of signs are seen below. Click on the image to see a larger version of it. 

City Gateway Signs
Wayfinding Signs

Clark Henry Park Play Structure - Completed

 

As part of the FY21 budget (which starts on 10/01/2020) the City Council authorized $75,000 for a new playground structure at Clark Henry Park. Staff is currently evaluating options for a structure, including turnkey installation, that can be installed. 

The Parks and Rec Committee has provided input into the type of structure they would like to see. They are gathering input from the community during April 2021. Staff will be meeting with equipment representatives during April.

After input from the Parks and Rec Committee it has been decided to put in a rock climbing wall. It has six different courses to cross it, ranging from beginner to advanced. A picture of the wall is below. Click the image to enlarge it.

climbing rock wall

Construction will not begin before the week of July 5. A large amount of our Fourth of July Festivities will be taking place at Clark Henry Park, so it is prudent to delay construction until after that date. The project will be completed by the end of September 2021.  

Due to all of the rain in June and July the start date for this project has been pushed back to August 15. The project should still end by the end of September 2021. 

As of August 23, 2021 the poles for this structure have been set. The new structure should be ready for use within 2-4 weeks.

This feature was installed the week of September 6, and opened for public use on September 10. 

Pool Amenity - Completed

The City is going to replace the diving board at Clark Henry pool, which broke during the 2020 swim season. As of mid-October 2020 Parks and Recreation Staff are obtaining pricing on various options for a new feature. The options being considered include:

  • A diving board
  • A rock wall
  • An inflatable obstacle course 

The Parks and Recreation committee will review the options, and the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on their choice via a survey this winter. The new amenity will be ready for the opening of the pool season in May 2021. 

As of January 2021 it has been determined a diving board is the only option that would be feasible given the budget and other constraints. Other features are being considered for possible inclusion in future budgets to improve our pool.

As of April 19 the new diving board has been installed and is ready for action this summer. 

Pool House Remodel - Completed

This project includes relocating the entrance doors to the restroom, expanding the cashier and lifeguard room (while reducing the size of the adjacent storage facility), converting that storage area to a family changing room and adding two temporary portable AC units. The relocation of the bathroom entrance is imperative to enable staff to effectively monitor the entrance, crowd control, ticketing and child safety (ensuring they aren’t near the exit adjacent to the parking lot while using the restroom). The family changing room will be an appreciated amenity from all residents and the expansion of the cashier/lifeguard room is long overdue. The current size isn’t large enough to house more than 3 people. The project duration is 60 days after notice to proceed is given.

The City Council approved this project during the February 22, 2021 Council Meeting. 

The project NOT TO EXCEED estimate came in at $69,300 to be completed by Brown and Root who are members of National IPA cooperative purchasing. The Notice To Proceed was issued in early March 2021 and the project should be finished by the end of April 2021. 

As of April 9 the major construction work has been completed. The cement blocks are curing before the finishing touches can be put on. 

As of May 14 this project has been completely finished, and the pool house is ready for the summer 2021 season.

Pool Re-Decking Project - Completed

 

For Fiscal Year 2021 the Council approved a budget containing funds to resurface the deck at the pool. The pool deck has the original surface from its construction in 1975, which leads to a few issues. First, the deck’s grading is poor and results in sitting water around much of the deck when it rains, leading to algae and stains on the deck. Second, the deck has many cracks and parts of the surface have begun to come up. Third, there are better surfaces now that stay cooler for the bare feet running around. Finally, the coping from the deck to the pool is coming loose and cracking in some places, so we will look at re-coping the pool in this project.

We will also:

  • Replace a diving board that went out of commission in June 2020;
  • Replace drainage pipes that have ruptured and no longer drain to the storm drain.
  • Run a new pipe from the pool pump room to the slide to use filtered and clean water – saving us thousands annually on chemical and water costs. 

The Project cost is expected to be about $83,000. This project was approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.  The project commenced in February 2021. The construction phase of this project wrapped up the week of April 12, 2021. A final walk through will happen the week of April 19, and any punch list items will be completed by May 15. 

As of May 14 this project has been completed, and the pool is ready for the summer 2021 season.

Generators for the Police Station, Fire Station, and Village Water Plant

 

In June 2020 the City Council authorized a grant application to be submitted to FEMA, through TDEM, as part of their Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) in response to Tropical Storm Imelda. The grant application was for generators to be installed at the Police Station, Fire Station, and the Village Water Plant. The estimated cost for all three generators $284,000, and the grant could cover 75%.

On June 9, 2021 the City was notified that the grant application was funded. The grant was funded at $213,000, with a local cost share of $71,000, for a total project cost of $284,000. The grant will fund new natural gas generators at the Police and Fire Station as Natural Gas is easily accessible there. The Water Treatment Plant will be a diesel Generator. All of the generators will have the automatic transfer switch, NEMA rated enclosures, and include all installation and commission costs.

As of June 23, 2021 we have had a kick off meeting for the grant project with TDEM. RFP's were issued in July and are due in August. The RFP should be awarded during the September 2021 City Council meeting. The grant must be completed in 2024, but completion of the project is expected in the first half of 2022.  

RFP's were opened in late August. The City Council will make an award decision on September 20, 2021.

On September 20, 2021 the City Council awarded the proposal to Total Energy Solutions. The total project cost as bid was $260,209.52. The project will commence in late September. 

Street Light Upgrades

As part of the FY22 budget, which starts on October 1, 2021, the City Council allocates $250,000 to be spent on upgrading street lights to the decorative style from the cobra style streetlight that exists today. There are approximately 525 street lights of the cobra style in the City. It is anticipated changing out all street lights will take 5 years, and there will be approximately 100 lights changed per year.

The map below shows the proposed schedule of the street light replacement. Please note the pin placements are approximate, and the schedule/timing of each light is subject to change. 

Pool House Restroom Fixtures

As part of the FY22 Budget the City Council approved $15,000 for new fixtures in the restroom at the pool. This project will be completed before the pool opens for the 2022 Swimming Season.

Dog Park Improvements

As part of the Parks Master Plan improvements to the dog park were ranked as a high priority. As part of the FY22 Budget the City Council allocated $35,000 towards these improvements. 

The planned improvements include:

  • Site furnishings, such as:
    • Litter bins
    • Benches
    • Bike Racks
    • Picnic Tables
  • Lighting
  • Water Fountains

As of August 23, 2021 the Parks and Recreation Department is in the planning stages of this project. 

Jersey Meadow Nature Trail Site Furnishings and Water Fountain

As part of the Parks Master Plan improvements to the Jersey Meadow Nature Trail were ranked as a high priority. As part of the FY22 Budget the City Council allocated $50,000 towards these improvements. The Capital Improvement Plan calls for another $50,000 to be budgeted to this project in FY23 as well. 

The planned improvements include:

  • Site furnishings, such as:
    • Litter bins
    • Benches
    • Bike Racks
    • Picnic Tables
  • Lighting
  • Water Fountains

As of August 23, 2021 the Parks and Recreation Department is in the planning stages of this project. 

Rock Wall Pool Amenity

As part of the FY22 Budget the City Council allocated $50,000 to be utilized to put a rock wall climbing structure at the pool. The wall would go in the deep end of the pool. Users can climb the rock wall and fall back off the wall into the pool. 

This feature will be ready for the 2022 swimming season.

Restrooms at Carol Fox Park

As part of the FY22 the City Council allocated $100,000 for restrooms to be installed at Carol Fox Park. 

As of August 23, 2021 the Parks and Recreation Department is in the planning stages of this project.