Aransas County commissioners, at their July 8 meeting, approved two items related to improving and protecting Banty Lane.

They authorized Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills to sign a contract for engineering services with Hanson Professional Services, Inc. for services associated with the Texas Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR)) for the reconstruction of Banty Lane to pre-hurricane conditions, and authorized the judge to sign a Professional Services Agreement with Hanson Professional Services, Inc. for engineering services to provide additional drainage and other customary improvements to Banty Lane, above pre-hurricane conditions, subject to any revisions by County District Attorney Kristen Barnebey.

The $350,000 grant will not bring Banty Lane up to county road standards.

After Hurricane Harvey, and after subsequent heavy rain events, Banty Lane residents were given the opportunity to be assessed for their share of the cost to improve the street, per county policy. Sixty-two percent of the residents along that roadway voted against participation, ending that opportunity to upgrade the roadway to county standards.

Road and Bridge Administrator David Reid said the engineer, while looking at the roadway (to determine the scope of work required to bring Banty Lane back to its pre-Harvey state), will also look at drainage issues in that area.

Drainage work suggested by the engineer could be paid for with leftover funds from the grant, if available, or through the county’s regular drainage fund.

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