City Utility Project Set to Begin

cityutility1Bids have let and contracts have been executed so work should be visible soon on the long-awaited $1.25 million project to extend water and sewer utilities north of the city limits. Plans have been underway for more than a year on the project to extend infrastructure to the site which will soon be home to Halliburton’s new facility in Hogue Industrial Park.

One sticking point — contracts with the West Texas and Lubbock Railroad — has been resolved and those documents have been signed, according to City Secretary Mary Jo Collins. Lubbock engineering firm Parkhill, Smith and Cooper obtained right of way and easements along the planned infrastructure route and handled the design aspects of the project. “The ball is rolling and we should see activity any day now,” Collins said of the project. Utility Contractors of America, a Lubbock firm, was awarded the contract.

Phase One of the project will be complete by Aug. 31, according to official documents, with Phase Two finalized by Dec. 31 of this year. Lead PSC engineer Holly Holder has updated the City Council several times on the utilities project, which was vital in recruiting the world-wide corporation to the local site.

As part of the oil company’s incentive package, the city agreed to extend municipal water and sewer services to the 900-acre tract, which will soon be the site of the company’s new facility. City officials will meet with contractors and engineers every fourth Wednesday for progress meetings for the duration of the project. The next meeting is scheduled for June 24 at City Hall.

The project will include two eight-inch water mains at a cost of $702,000. The lines will cross Lubbock Highway and the railroad track and join at the site on David Bailey Road. A sanitary sewer line will run parallel to the eastern-most water line, also crossing the Lubbock Hwy. and railroad at a cost of $523,000. Professional and engineering expenses total just over $40,000.

cityutility2Holly Holder, engineer with Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, told the council in April that the final plan is a result of months of work. “Our plans were revised and reworked several times as the scope of the project changed throughout this process,” he said. “It took several meetings and a trip to Odessa to get a better idea of what was really needed to make this work.” Some initial requests from Halliburton representatives would have required enormous amounts of water from the city’s supply. In fact, one proposal would have required 1,800 gallons per minute, which according to Holder is the equivalent of the typical usage of a city with population 8,200.

cityutility3“That obviously would not have been feasible,” Holder said. In early February, a contingent of PSC engineers and City officials met with Halliburton representatives at the company’s Odessa location, similar to what is planned in Brownfield. The group came away from the tour with a better under-standing of what to expect locally and was able to better plan for the project.

Halliburton, to the credit of company officials, also made concessions and changed their plans to accommodate several requests from the City. Chief among them was the addition of on-site storage of water with high pressure capability to fight fire. Without that, the City would have had to build a third water main — this one 10 inches in diameter — to meet the pressure requirements.

The company’s agreeing to build the storage tank eliminated the need for the additional water line from the city. Also, initial plans called for the city to extend its water connection 1,400 feet onto the Halliburton property, but the company agreed to meet the city line at the edge of the property instead at a cost savings to Brownfield of more than $100,000.

The Hogue Industrial Park was not be annexed, but will be serviced by city utilities as part of a contract for services and schedule of fees in lieu of taxes. “It has been a long process and we have gone back and forth, but that’s what it takes with an undertaking of this size,” Collins said. “But now it’s in the contractor’s hands and they should start very soon.”

cityutility4Further extension into Hogue Industrial Park is possible with the new lines, as well as land across Lubbock Hwy where about 200 acres is currently for sale for development. Construction crews have been busy for two months with dirt work and other preliminary tasks to prepare the site. The entire 100 acre site will be fenced with landscaping in some areas along the perimeter and office areas. Hundreds of metal fence poles were installed this week. A sign affixed to the side of a portable office on site reads “Halliburton HES Field Camp, Brownfield, Texas” followed by several safety regulations and the name of the construction company, FCI Constructors, Inc of Glendale, Arizona.

A detailed site plan for the property shows impressive growth at the facility, including numerous office building, workshops and garages, a truck wash, ample parking for employees and company trucks, as well as five rail spurs. A cement plant, acid plant and mud mixing plant are included in the design, as is an eight acre, four-foot deep detention pond. Halliburton, currently located at 1301 W. Webb, has had a presence in Brownfield since 1948 when the company opened an office here.

Article Courtesy of Brownfield News

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