Council Considers $75M in Potential Spending

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The Dallas City Council will consider approximately $75.6 million in potential costs to the taxpayer on Wednesday, including bulk and brush collection services, road preservation, and “affordable housing” initiatives.

The items the council will consider on Wednesday can be found on the meeting’s agenda.

The most expensive item council members will review is a roughly $21.9 million three-year price service agreement for on-call brush and bulk trash collection, hauling, disaster debris collection, and disposal services.

The City Council will also consider spending about $17.6 million on two years of construction services for slurry seal and micro-surfacing, which protect asphalt on roads. The City’s contract would be with Viking Construction, the lowest of three bidders.

Furthermore, council members will deliberate over whether to approve spending around $6.8 million on wireless communication services and equipment for the City’s IT department.

The council may also allocate $6.3 million toward a tax increment financing development at 1340 North Hampton Rd. and 2045 Fort Worth Ave. Additionally, officials will take up a proposal to spend approximately $6.3 million on “artist services” for cultural organizations in Dallas.

In addition to conventional spending items, the council will also consider a potential “affordable housing” development that would be managed by the Dallas Public Facility Corporation.

The project would forego an estimated $4.9 million in taxes over the next 75 years.

Other items the City Council will take up on Wednesday include the following:

  • $2,793,048 — authorizing one year of construction services for the Improved Alley Maintenance Program.
  • $1,199,853 — engineering services for optimizing existing water supply and raw water transmission infrastructure to meet municipal water supply demands.
  • $1,644,824 — responding to sexual abuse and exploitation of children over the internet.
  • $1,000,000 — clean-up services at Brownfield Sites in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.
  • $828,742 — authorizing a six-year service price agreement for preventative maintenance, repair, basic repair training, and system monitoring services for the outdoor warning sirens system.
  • $785,000 — authorizing a funding agreement with Dallas County for pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Meadow Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, including upgrading signal features and pedestrian crosswalks.
  • $510,311 — purchasing cloud-based security software from Netsync Network Solutions.
  • $500,000 — re-entry services for people formerly in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who are re-entering society in the City of Dallas.
  • $500,000 — inventory, cleanup planning, and community-involvement-related activities for Brownfield Sites, primarily in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.
  • $300,000 — working agreement with various police departments, district attorney offices, sheriff offices, and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for the investigation, prosecution, education, and counseling activities related to the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
  • $298,000 — authorizing a contract with ETC Institute to conduct resident and business surveys for Budget and Management Services.
  • $287,498 — increasing a construction services contract for traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at Fort Worth Avenue and Bahama Drive from $1,980,984 to $2,268,482.
  • $260,000 — authorizing the sale of $76,270,000 worth of Equipment Acquisition Contractual Obligations.
  • $250,000 — authorizing an agreement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to collect the City of Dallas’ portion of funds for the Cotton Belt Regional Trail Project.
  • $187,536 — purchasing and installing audio/visual equipment for the Office of Emergency Management.
  • $137,500 — installing traffic signals at the intersection of Turtle Creek Boulevard and Fairmount Street.
  • $100,000 — routine maintenance at Dallas Executive Airport.
  • $100,000 — routine maintenance at Dallas CBD Vertiport.
  • $61,344 — operating Texas’ Driving While Intoxicated Enforcement campaign during holiday periods throughout the next year.

In addition, the council will consider a two-year agreement for Dallas College to reimburse $540,000 to Dallas Fire-Rescue for fire department training services. This agreement comes along with $50,000 in costs, according to Wednesday’s agenda.

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