Foundation for the Future
As the City approaches its centennial anniversary, City Council and staff continue to plan for the future. This will be an ongoing effort that coordinates with the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
In July, the West University Place City Council will take the first step in these efforts by authorizing a Notice of Intent to issue Certificates of Obligation (COs) for the following projects:
- New Public Works Maintenance Facility
- Buffalo Speedway Construction
- City Wide Street & Drainage Improvements
- Cast Iron Water Line Replacement
- Milton St Cast Iron Water Line Replacement
- New Law Street Water Line to City System
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
- Wastewater Reclamation Project
- Wakeforest Elevated & Ground Storage Tank Painting
The total amount of COs issued will not exceed the amount of $61,120,000.
For more information about this plan, contact the City Managers' Office via email or by calling 713-662-5812.
A Certificate of Obligation is a bond that municipalities use to fund major capital projects. They work similarly to your home mortgage, through which you finance a large purchase over time.
Property tax rates are comprised of two components - the City's debt service rate, and the maintenance and operation rate (M&O). M&O is calculated by what it costs the city to operate services such as Police and Fire protection, staff costs, etc. The City's debt service rate is calculated by the amount of financing needed to fund major capital projects. These two calculations combined set the property tax rate.
Public Works Maintenance Facility
The Public Works field operations are currently located at different facilities across West U and in Houston. This project encompasses the construction of an approximately 21,200 sq ft facility that would centralize and house Public Works Field Operations. This includes operations, facility maintenance, vehicle maintenance, solid waste, and animal control.
Buffalo Speedway Construction
In 2021, the City broke ground on the Buffalo Speedway Construction Project. The project area consists of the section of road that traverses the City beginning at the 5300 block (south of Bissonnet) and ending at the 6700 block (north of West Holcombe/Bellaire). As part of this project, the City will also make improvements to the drainage system. The initial cost estimates for this project were completed in 2019. Due to inflation, construction costs on materials have increased. The City was pre-approved for additional grant funding for this project but later learned that it could not be applied for these needs.
City Wide Street & Drainage Improvements
In 2019 the City authorized the completion of a City Wide Drainage Modeling Study that evaluated modeled existing conditions of the City’s drainage system. The results indicated that the majority of the city has a limited drainage capacity. The project encompasses drainage improvements and street reconstruction that will meet a minimum 10-year storm event and provides at least a 50-years of service. Due to the drainage area, the project was divided into two sections, east, and west. The eastside project will consist of two stages.
Stage 1 - consists of paving and drainage along University Boulevard between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby.
Stage 2 - consists of paving and drainage on Duke St. between Buffalo Speedway and Wakeforest, paving and drainage on Wakeforest between Duke and University & University and Rice. Paving on Wakeforest between Rice Blvd. and Plumb and also Rice Blvd between Wakeforest and Kirby.
Cast Iron Water Line Replacement
Some of the City’s cast iron pipes date back to 1939 and have surpassed their expected service of life. This project will replace approximately 17,700 LF of cast iron water lines throughout the city. The new water lines will provide the city with a more robust water line network, a lower risk of failure, and fewer unplanned disruptions.
Milton Cast Iron Water Line Replacement
This project will replace the existing 14" cast iron water line with 16" water line from Milton water plant to Mercer along Milton, Auden, and Rice Boulevard to Mercer Street. This package will also include the replacement of 12" and 8" water lines on Edloe Street between Rice and University, a new 6" water line to serve West University Elementary School, and a new 6" water line on Amherst Street from Mercer to Poor Farm Ditch.
Preliminary engineering has been completed and construction design is anticipated to start in summer 2022.
Law Street Water Line Installation
The City of West University Place’s residents on the 4100 & 4200 block of Law Street currently receive their water from the City of Houston. This project will install a 48” inch water line to allow these blocks to be serviced by the City of West University Places water distribution system.
This project is currently under design and is anticipated to go to Council for construction approval in fall of 2022.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project
The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has been in operation since 1982. Major mechanical equipment is nearing the end of its useful life expectancy. This project will construct an elevated office building, provide upgrades to the equipment, provide a flood resilient facility, as well as improve the efficiency of the wastewater treatment process to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
Design in currently underway with construction anticipated to start in 2023.
Wastewater Reclamation Project
The City is working toward improving economic, environmental, and social sustainability in relation to the City’s wastewater system. The Wastewater Reclamation Project creates an additional revenue source for the City by selling the treated effluent to a third party end-user. This project will construct the necessary infrastructure to allow the reuse of non-potable water by a third party end-user.
Design is anticipated to start in the summer of 2022.
Wakeforest Elevated Storage & Ground Storage Tank Painting
All three of the City’s storage tanks have been in service since the 1990s. The tanks were rehabilitated in 2009-2010. Per the recommended maintenance schedule, the tanks are recommended to be painted every 10 years. To protect the integrity of the metal structure from corrosion as well as extend the useful life of the tank, periodic protective coating system replacement is required.
This work is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
June 13, 2022 - Council held an initial discussion of the 2023 - 2027 Capital Improvement Plan during their Regular Council Meeting.
July 11, 2022 - City Council met during its Regular Council Meeting to discuss debt and bond issuance with the City's financial representative and staff.
July 25, 2022 - City Council's consideration of Notice of Intent to Issue COs
August 3, 2022 - Publish 1st Notice of Intent and post Notice's to the City's website
September 26, 2022 - City Council approves sale of COs