Tyler Council to consider Bergfeld Park improvements, purchasing ballistic vests


The Tyler City Council will consider awarding a contract to get the Bergfeld Park Amphitheater renovation project under construction.

The work includes renovating taking out sections of seats to create grassy areas where families can lay on blankets and view entertainment, as well as putting a cover over the stage and creating dressing and prop rooms. Drainage in the area will also be improved, and federal Americans with Disabilities Act compliance enhanced.

On Wednesday, the council will consider awarding a construction contract for the project to TCMC Commercial IP for $987,000.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave., and is open to the public.

Wednesday's meeting will be the only one held in December, and the body has a longer-than-normal agenda.

The council will also consider entering into contract negotiations with Halff Associates to complete Phase 1 of the Legacy Trails Project, which is Tyler's first regional trail. The trail is proposed to go down an abandoned rail corridor from Fresh By Brookshire's on Old Jacksonville to Gresham.

The city could also move forward with the purchase of rifle-resistant ballistic vests for its police department. The vests will be funded with the help of private donations from the community. The total cost will come in around $132,000, with $67,431 coming from the city budget and the remainder from donations.

The city's finance department will give a revenue and expenditure report for the first quarter of the fiscal year as well. The report includes whether sales tax collections, which make up over 40 percent of the city's budget, are meeting expectations.

Considerations will be made to amending the budget to provide funding to various projects, including: Community Development Block Grant, home and housing choice voucher programs, airport project grants, the Faulkner Park Lake, Metropolitan Planning Organization activities as well as various construction projects and motor vehicle purchases.

The council will decide whether to approve a grant to purchase new paratransit buses from Federal Transportation Administration grant funds. The buses will cost roughly $322,000, and will be utilized to transport people from the city to UT Health Northeast.

The city will also consider authorizing a memorandum of understanding with MDMJ Transportation LTD regarding the continuation and enhancement of that service, according to the meeting's agenda.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph will attend the meeting. For updates as they happen, follow @TMTFaith on Twitter.

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