City Coun­cil may award con­tract for test well


Dur­ing their reg­u­lar meet­ing Tues­day, the Bas­trop City Coun­cil will con­sider award­ing a con­tract for $51,000 to An­drew’s & Fos­ter Drilling Com­pany for drilling a test hole at Mayfest Hill Park.

“The ma­jor pur­pose of drilling the test hole is to iden­tify aquifer zones in the Wilcox Aquifer which may be suit­able for mu­nic­i­pal water sup­ply,” City Man­ager Mike Tal­bot said.

The coun­cil will also con­sider a fund­ing rec­om­men­da­tion for the city’s Art in Pub­lic Places pro­gram from Karol Rice, chair of the vol­un­teer Bas­trop Art in Pub­lic Places Task Force. They are sug­gest­ing the city con­sider a mu­ral or a “mo­saic stair­way” as one of the first projects, with cost es­ti­mates rang­ing from $40,000 to $60,000.

“The scope of the project will be de­ter­mined by this gen­eral project amount (ap­proved by the coun­cil),” Rice said in a let­ter. “We would like artists to be aware of the coun­cil’s ba­sic level of sup­port so an artist is not spend­ing time on a de­sign and project pro­posal that is sig­nif­i­cantly out­side the scope of the (city’s) de­sire or abil­ity to fund.”

The coun­cil meet­ing be­gins at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, 1311 Ch­est­nut St.

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