Lucas Prepares for New Farmer’s Market
Lucas Mayor Jim Olk informed residents that the newly organized Lucas Farmer’s Market will open on Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City Park at Town Hall on Country Club Road. The announcement was one of several issues of community interest during the City Council’s meeting on Sept. 5 in Council Chambers at City Hall. A second Farmer’s Market has also been scheduled at the same location on Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Other Lucas autumn activities designed for residents were also revealed including:
· On Oct. 1, the Parks & Facilities Department will offer a Scarecrow Contest. Information will soon be posted to the City’s website (https://www.lucastexas.us).
· On Oct. 19, a Pet Parade that includes equestrians and domestic pets will take place from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Additional information will soon be posted to the City’s website (https://www.lucastexas.us).
In other matters, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager Joni Clark to negotiate and enter into a contract for the construction of the North Pump Station with Lamarc, Inc. in the amount not to exceed $1,457,299 plus a 10 percent contingency of $145,730 for a total of $1,603,029.
City Council also approved a resolution granting a Communications Facility License Agreement with Big Wave Wireless, LLC., a locally owned family business that will install wireless communications equipment to be located on the Winningkoff water tower for an initial period of five years maintaining all existing contractual requirements and authorizing the City Manager to execute the agreement. It was noted that the addition of Big Wave, LLC as a wireless provider is not expected to resolve inadequate Internet service in many parts of the city but it should help some by providing a new alternative service provider.
Two traffic studies were approved by the City Council. The City Manager has been authorized to enter into a professional service agreement in the amount not to exceed $34,000 from the FY 2019-2020 Unrestricted General Fund Reserves with Lee Engineering for the studies at Estelle Ln. and Gold Dust Trl./Forestview Dr. in the amount of $26,500 and also at Winningkoff Rd./Blondy Jhune Rd. in the amount of $7,500. Councilmember Tim Baney noted that it is important to establish baseline data about traffic flows in the city even though some current traffic patterns are anticipated to resolve once construction has been completed. Nevertheless, as Mayor Olk pointed out, the city will have to endure five to seven years of roadway and street construction and the additional data from these traffic studies may be somewhat helpful in mitigating resident’s roadway delays.
Another road construction issue was addressed involving the reconstruction of FM 1378 and FM 3286 and a TxDOT study and consideration of the roundabout at that intersection. The TxDOT proposal would harm the ability of the City Market at that location to continue operations as currently proposed. The city is offering TxDOT an alternative approach also employing a roundabout that is intended to improve traffic flow while reducing the likelihood of increased traffic accidents and incidents.