KYLE — City officials dedicated a$2.6 million public works building on SH 150 last week.
The 14,000-square-foot facility will house the city’s public works department administration and facilitate the housing and maintaince of all of the public works fleet of vehicles and equipment.
“I’d like to thank the city council for approving this facility in these difficult economic times,” said Kyle Interim City Manager James Earp. “This building is an import piece of Kyle’s mission to provide quality services to our citizens. Many of the functions of our public works department occur out of the notice of most residents, but the result of these functions has a very positive effect on the quality of life for our residents. This facility greatly improves our ability to keep pace with our growing city.”
The public works department maintains Kyle’s streets, water systems, wastewater systems, and drainage systems among its responsibilities.
Located at 520 East SH 150 on the site of a former wastewater treatment plant, facility incorporates environmentally friendly enhancements, such as rainwater harvesting, a recycling drop off center, indirect solar lighting, native landscaping.
“This building is the perfect example of our continuing commitment to provide for the needs of our community and our employees,” Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. “Our public works crews play a critical role in keeping our water clean, our streets maintained, and our environment healthy. Not only will this facility enhance our crews’ ability to meet that mission, but will also play a huge role in our ability to retain the quality personnel we have and to recruit the best personnel available when needed.”
Under Public Works Director Harper Wilder, the department has grown from six personnel in 2006, to its current 31 employees. The department uses 18 vehicles and 20 pieces of equipment to maintain more than 1,800 miles of roadway and 215 miles of water and wastewater pipelines. Public works crews are projected to repair 600 potholes and repair or replace 240 signs next year. Additionally, work orders for street repair and improvement have increased from 249 in 2008, to more than 1,200 for the current year, and are projected to increase to more than 1,400 next year.
The design/build team for the project was SpawGlass Construction and Marmon Mok Architecture.