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Friday, July 12, 2013

City Council Approves Boerne Company's Bid to Build Water Treatment Plant

Scott Hay of eHT City Engineers addresses the Council at Tuesday's meeting.
At its regular monthly meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the low bid of $1,286,700 by Associated Construction Partners of Boerne, Texas, to build Roscoe’s reverse-osmosis water treatment plant.  The second lowest bid was $1,322,451 by Texas Water & Soil of San Angelo.

The bids were opened on Monday afternoon at City Hall and the results presented to the Council Tuesday evening.  In addition to the water treatment plant, the bid includes the installment of a new, computerized SCADA system to monitor and control Roscoe’s water and sewer lines, which will be a great improvement over the outmoded system currently in use.  The City will also replace 1800’-2000’ of existing water and sewer line. 

Scott Hay, Chief Engineer of eHT (Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd) City Engineers of Abilene, who are supervising the project, recommended awarding the contract to Associated Construction Partners and said eHT can have a contract ready in about two weeks with actual work beginning in four to five weeks.

The contractors will have 300 days to achieve substantial completion of the project (i.e., an operational water treatment plant) and 360 days for absolute completion. 

The winning bid was a little higher than hoped, but Hay explained to the Council that construction costs have rapidly escalated in the past couple of years because of the oil boom.

The Council also approved a service agreement with eHT for improvements to sewer lines between 8th Street and I-20 on Roscoe’s south side, where more manholes and other improvements are needed.



The 2013-14 school year at Roscoe is just around the corner.  Fall classes will begin two weeks earlier than usual—on Monday, August 12, and parents wishing to enroll their students in Roscoe schools this year should contact the district before August 1. 

School will also conclude two weeks early next spring, on Friday, May 16.  The early start will align the high school’s schedule with that of Western Texas College, which will help both with enrollment of students wishing to take collegiate classes and with the conclusion of those classes in the spring.  This year, many students taking all collegiate classes were through with them two weeks before the official ending of school but were still required to attend every day until school was officially over.   

Elementary students will also start at the same time.  The early start is primarily because of transportation and food services, but the students will also get in two extra weeks of school before the state assessment at the end of April and beginning of May, which is also a plus.  The new schedule will also allow for more holidays during the school year and will give students going to summer school a little break that they currently don’t get.

The school calendar for 2013-14 is available at the Roscoe Collegiate School website or by clicking here.  For more information, call the RISD office at 325-766-3629.



Landon Dodd & the Dancehall Drifters entertain the crowd at the street dance.
 From the morning parade on, a large number of people were on hand for Roscoe’s 4th of July celebration on Saturday.  The parade had more participants than ever, the Plowboy Mudbog had so many entries that it didn’t finish until 9:00pm, the street vendors were all pleased, as were those who enjoyed the free concert and street dance with country music stars Wayne Hancock and Landon Dodd—and an estimated crowd of 3,000 to 3,500 was on hand to view the fireworks show that concluded the celebration. 



Donny Scott won the Super Modified class with this run in his mud vehicle, "After Shock."
Since its inception, the Plowboy Mudbog has grown with each passing event.  As part of Roscoe’s Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, it had a record 80 mud vehicles competing in the various classes.  A large crowd was on hand to view the competition and Roscoe’s Little League made $2800 from the admission fees, the Plowboys baseball team brought in $1000, and the high school cheerleaders got $2,500 at the concession stand.

Street Class
1. Chad Pinkerton    Colorado City   166’ 8”    Blue & Silver Chevy
2. Lon Rhoudes        Big Spring            165’ 4”    Black CT5
3. Roland Matos      Colorado City    164’ 8”   Black/Yellow Toyota

Super Street Class
1.Terry Pillers           Odessa               182’             Orange CJ7
2. Marcelo Martinez    Roscoe          169’ 9”        Blue & Black Chevy
3. Matthew Hall        Sweetwater      167’ 8”        White GMC

1. Art Rivera             Colorado City    179’ 9”          Blue Dodge
2. Zach Welch             Roscoe              172’ 2”          Gray Chevy
3. Nick Pantoja           Roscoe              169’ 6”          Red Ford Bronco

Super Modified   
1. Donny Scott      Hobbs, NM      12.9 seconds    Silver Ford Ranger
2. Justin Davis       Hobbs, NM      16.7 seconds    Blue Toyota
3. Brian Robbins     Hobbs, NM      217’ 10”   Orange/White Bronco

1. Marc Macey         Hobbs, NM        8.9 seconds    Bug (Bug Nasty)
2. Jim Martinez        Ballinger          11.8 seconds    Green & Black

3. Abel Alvarez        Colorado City   15.6 seconds


Wreckers clear I-20 of overturned truck on Tuesday.
Yet another wreck at the overpass under construction east of town occurred on Tuesday afternoon when a westbound 18-wheeler carrying 40,000 apples lost control and overturned, sending two people to the hospital, one to Rolling Plains in Sweetwater and the other to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

The westbound lanes of I-20 were closed and eastbound US 84 traffic diverted through Roscoe for several hours before the wreck was cleared.

“Destruction Junction,” where US 84 and I-20 merge just east of town, will obviously be just as dangerous as ever when construction is complete.  The most recent wreck before this one was just three weeks ago on June 24, when a trucker from Phoenix was killed, and there have been numerous crashes and fatalities at the site over the years. 

Darah Waldrip of the Texas Department of Transportation in Abilene told me that it would have cost too much money to make major changes in the configuration of the merger of these two major highways, so we can continue to expect accidents there in the future.  Just remember to be careful when you drive west through the I-20 underpass, and watch for slower traffic merging from US 84 just west of it.  Both points are hazardous.



Roscoe resident Silvia Treviño, 75, was killed on Sunday, June 30, at 12:20pm on US 84 five miles northwest of town when the 2011 Nissan she was driving crossed the center stripe and crashed head-on into a 2004 Ford pickup driven by Richard Anthony Ginn, 50, of Lubbock. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene while Ginn was hospitalized at University Medical Center in Lubbock.  The roadway was clear and the weather dry when the accident occurred.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 3, for Sylvia T. Treviño, 75, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Sweetwater, followed by interment in the Sweetwater Cemetery.  She died on Sunday, June 30, west of Roscoe.

She was born May 4, 1938, in Eagle Pass and graduated from Edinburg High School.  She moved to Roscoe in 1961 and worked many years for Wall Industries and as a caregiver in home health. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son, Ruben Treviño of Snyder; sisters, Janie Cruz and Hilda Ramirez of Edinburg; brothers, Andy Torres and Elano Torres of Edinburg; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Eugenio E. Treviño, Jr., on Nov. 29, 2001; three sisters; and one brother.



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