CIP members tour city, look at 24 repair locations
Monday, 04 March 2013 by David Tuma
Members of the Capital Improvement Committee toured the city in a two-hour bus ride in Belton looking at the 24 locations that need work from streets to storm drainage to sidewalks. There is no end to work that can be done in a community that was founded with Texas was a nation.
They toured South Belton first of the 24 sites selected of possible areas of work 11 were in South Belton. The area is in need of sidewalk repair and water line replacement and Wheat Road needs to be upgraded for the new Chisholm Trail Elementary school that will be built in South Belton to go along with Bell Counties finest new Junior High School.
They toured the area parks in all areas of Belton. Heritage Park is desperately lacking baseball fields for a community that is almost 20,000 with a huge 5A high school that draws in thousands of kids from outside the area. Also being considered are restrooms at Miller Heights Park, a new park in South Belton near South Belton Middle School and funding for the Nolan Creek Recreational Area.
Members were given a list of the projects completed in the past 10 years and some of the major community construction projects completed in the past three years. 2011-12 saw Belton leap forward with the addition of a theater, new HEB and the GIN redevelopment and the landing of CGI as an employer
Belton has over 3,000 apartments and new homes that are to be built and in the planning stages. The growth of the community is what is happening and will continue to be just a fact of life. The Capitol Improvement Committee will meet March 25th to come up with a prioritized list that will be presented to the Belton City Council April 23.
The committee was presented a lot of information in the many areas of need in the community and will make decisions that the council will consider and ultimately decide which projects to put on the upcoming bond election. Using a committee in the past has worked well for Belton. "They have seen all the projects and over the next month they will prioritize a list of projects. It is a matter of coming up with a list and see what we can afford. There is so much more that needs to be done than we can get to. The first 11 stops of the tour was in South Belton. There are a lot of options for them to choose," said Paul Romer, Public Information Officer.