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Local projects moving Primera forward

July 31, 2018

PRIMERA — A city on the move.

City leaders are excited about projects in the works ranging from roads and parks to beautification.

ROAD IMPROVEMENT

Mayor David Kusch anticipates the Stuart Place Road improvement stretching from Borchardt Street to 107 will be complete by November.

The total cost of the road improvement comes to $701,545, according to Kusch.

He said the city of Primera and Cameron County will be contributing about 20 percent of the cost to smooth out the road that has been riddled with cracks, bumps and pot holes for years.

“It sees a lot of traffic,” Kusch said about Stuart Place road in Primera. “It’s used by residents and non-residents daily.”

He said hopefully the project will be done within 120 days, weather permitting, once construction begins in September.

“We’re hoping the accessibility to the city will entice some people to open a business here,” Kusch said. “We want to thank the county judge and commissioners on behalf of our City Commission and the citizens for making this project possible.”

NEW ORDINANCE

City leaders recently approved a new ordinance requiring anyone operating a business in Pirmera to register for a permit at city hall.

Applicants will be required to pay the city’s $100 permit fee in order to operate a business in town.

Applicants must have a federal Tax I.D. in order to apply for the permit.

PARKS PROJECT

The city’s hike and bike trail is almost completed.

“We are really excited about that and I think it will be a real benefit for our community,” Kusch said.

The city is working on expanding its city park and installing a connecting hike and bike trail for residents.

The city park will receive a new section with exercise stations and covered benches with barbecue pits.

The health and wellness project is being funded at a price of $900,000. Those funds are a part of two separate grants and matching funds from the city.

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife awarded the city a $200,000 grant to upgrade the city park and the city matched those funds as a requirement for the grant.

And the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation awarded the city $500,000 to add exercise stations.

The park will also be accessible for people with disabilities to exercise and enjoy the playground playscapes.

A lighted trail will start within the park and will connect to the hike and bike trail that stretches for one mile along Stuart Place Road.

According to leaders, the city plans to have the hike and bike trail completed by September.

rgarcia@valleystar.com

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