LUCAS CITY COUNCIL HONORS TWO CITIZENS REJECTS BIDS ON WATER PUMP STATION
The Lucas City Council wasted no time at its meeting of May 2. In less than forty minutes the Council presented two congratulatory resolutions, unanimously rejected two bids for a North Pump Station Water Tower and Pump House, and also set May 13th at 8:15 a.m. as the date and time for at least two members of the council to canvass the results of the May 4th election as required by Texas law.
Peggy Rusterholtz has served on most of the city’s boards and commissions. Rusterholtz began her service on the Board of Adjustment in 1986, was then appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, multiple times beginning in 1986-1987, again in 1988-1995 and finally in 2009 through today, serving as chairman since 2013. She has also served the Lucas community as a City Council member in 1987-1988, a member of the Water Board in 1990, and lastly as a member of the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee since 2011. Rusterholtz was instrumental in reviewing the City’s Comprehensive Plan that guides the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council in development of the city. She also assisted the City in researching Collin County information to determine that a water line on Parker Road was within a private easement. The research was conveyed to the Texas Department of Transportation ultimately saved the City approximately $200,000.
Lee Ford was a Lucas resident for over 40 years, was also honored for “demonstrating her love for Lucas, its citizens and the City’s country lifestyle in many ways, from establishing fundraising activities for the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Fitzhugh Cemetery, to organizing the Lucas Ladies Monthly Lunch Group that encouraged outings. Ford was active in City Council meetings in the 1980’s helping to ensure that the development of the North Texas Municipal Water District’s wastewater treatment plant would not have a negative impact on our citizens, and formed the group, Lucas United Citizens Against Sewer to ensure that the wastewater treatment plant followed the necessary regulations and did not encroach into the Lucas way of life. Lee was instrumental in the City’s purchase of a new ambulance by donating $100,000 towards its purchase.”
In other action, on April 9, 2019, City staff received two bids for the North Pump Station Water Tower and Pump House. One bid was from Felix Construction Company in the amount of $5,793,331, and the other bid was from Rey-Mar Construction in the amount of $6,124,520. The budget for the project is $2.8 million. The Council unanimously rejected both bids due to their excessive cost.
Mayor Pro Tem Peele reminded citizens of the Founders Day celebration set for May 11th and noted the event will take place rain or shine. A stick horse corral was created in council chambers. Stick horse races have become a very popular attraction for many of the kids who will attend.