Council to Vote on First Reading of 2014 Bond at Tuesday's Meeting

The Corpus Christi City Council will decide Tuesday whether to approve the language for the 2014 bond that will go before voters in the fall. Council has been refining the project list all year and will have a first reading of the language at Tuesday's council meeting.

The three propositions included in the 2014 bond include two for street repairs and infrastructure improvements and one that deals with the sale of park land around the city.

Proposition 1 will replace aging sections of some 13 streets. Proposition 2 lists 11 more street infrastructure projects, which include curbing, sidewalks and utility improvements. Since property values have increased since last year, Proposition 1 will not cost taxpayers money.

"The first one is for $55 million for maintenance of our streets. That one should have no impact on our ratepayers," said Constance Sanchez, the director of financial services. "The second proposition is $44.2 million for repairs to street infrastructure around town. We're anticipating that could cost about 2.1-cents for the ratepayer, and that's about $21 a year on an average, $100,000 home."

The proposition that's sure to get the attention of voters is Proposition 3. It concerns the sale of 20 city park lands so that maintenance funds could be used to upgrade the bigger, most widely used parks.

Since news of Proposition 3, local groups have stepped forward to adopt six parks. The repositioning of the Harbor Bridge will eliminate one park.

Below are the parks that could go up for sale upon voter approval if the language of the 2014 bond is approved by council members:

Cenizo Park, Rolling Ridge Trail at River Ridge Dr. (1.85 ac.)
First Colony Park, 20 Lone Oak Dr. (10.06 ac.)
San Carlos Park, 12650 Figueroa St. (2.00 ac.)
Violet Park, 4301 Violet (1.55 ac.)
Willow Park, 11418 Willowood Creek (0.93 ac.)
Country Estates Park, 3414 Emory Drive (5.00 ac.)
Cabra Park, 1323 W. Broadway (1.36 ac.)
Fountain Park, 4938 Moody (1.62 ac.)
Kosar Park, Kosar at Staples Street (0.28 ac.)
Breakwater Park, 2800 N. Shoreline (0.15 ac.)
Acushnet Park, 6746 Aaron (9.96 ac.)
Congress Park, 4017 Capitol (1.96 ac.)
Creekway Park, 7306 Prairie (0.89 ac.)
Durant Park, 6113 Durant (2.70 ac.)
Mt. Vernon Park, 5151 McArdle (7.25 ac.)
Parklane Park, 4600 Arlene (1.95 ac.)
Peary Park, 1750 Paul Jones at Decatur (1.00 ac.)
Penn Place Park, 4302 Aaron (1.67 ac.)
Ridgewood Park, 5730 Malden (5.04 ac.)
Caribbean Park, 601 Mediterranean (1.00 ac.)

If approved in Tuesday's first reading, the language for the 2014 bond proposal will move on to a second reading, and a final vote Aug. 12. Voters will then decide on all three propositions Nov. 4.


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