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County Court approves bid process for road repairs

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During Monday’s meeting, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court approved soliciting bids for road repairs in the Cedar Hills subdivision on State Highway 95 south of Elgin.

The road suffered damage and was washed out during heavy rain in early May. As a result, one of the two roads in and out of the subdivision are closed down, and Precinct 4 commissioner Donna Snowden requested approval to solicit bids for contractors to make the needed repairs. According to information in the meeting’s agenda packet, one of the two repair locations will require heavy equipment that the county does not own. The cost for the repairs would be paid for by Precinct 4’s Road & Bridge fund.

On May 8, Snowden posted photographs on Facebook showing the damage to the main entrance to Cedar Hills. The post said the road would be closed indefinitely because of the damage and asked residents to enter the subdivision through the southern entrance.

Science center in Smithville may move to Houston

Before beginning action items on the agenda, County Judge Paul Pape took a minute to express his thoughts on the proposed move of the Smithville Science Park to Houston.

The Science Park, also known as the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center, is a basic science research campus and is part of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The facility investigates the molecular biology of cancer to look for ways to detect and prevent cancer.

Pape said the county is concerned about the proposed move, one reason being the facility is a major employer in the area.

“It would be a shame to lose them without a compelling reason,” Pape said. “I’m trying to make our case to the governor that no compelling reason exists. That’s not reason enough to disrupt an amazing world-class science research center in Bastrop County. The science won’t be better in Houston.”

Next one-day playground build discussed

Debbie Bresette from Bastrop County Cares gave an update on their next collaboration with KaBOOM! and the St. Davids Foundation, this time at Stony Point Park in southwest Bastrop County, and asked for an agreement regarding such a collaboration to be approved by the county.

The plan is to have a design day for the community in September with a build day in November.

Snowden said she was impressed with the previous efforts by Bastrop County Cares.

“To see the playground come together in Mc-Dade, (despite) the tornadoes and rain and floods, was fantastic, so we’re looking forward to Stony Point,” Bresette said.

The court approved the agreement.