The Odessa City Council will consider approving a $445,000 contract today for a traffic study intended to guide the city’s transportation planning.

City officials want the firm, Kimley-Horn, to study city roadways and to craft a long-term plan with goals that include saving money on maintenance, identifying future needs, and supporting efforts to seek state funding for major projects.

The wide ranging study would include a review of the city’s approach to road upkeep, road conditions, traffic volumes and accidents, traffic signals, and how the city prioritizes and pitches road projects funded by other entities.

City staff said the study would include valuable cost estimates, and enable better planning for projects such as downtown redevelopment.

The city administration has already given the firm a smaller contract of $15,000 so the contractor could begin analyzing downtown parking before the school year ends and traffic in the area thins out.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE CITY COUNCIL WILL:

  • Consider approving minutes from City Council meetings on May 8, May 10 and May 15.
  • Consider authorizing the city to apply for and spend a federal grant that would provide a partial payment for bullet proof vests.
  • Consider authorizing the Odessa Police Department to buy leather firearm carriers for more than $61,000, using donated funds.
  • Consider awarding a more than $242,000 bid to Fab Tech Wastewater Solutions LLC for reconstruction of a wastewater clarifier at the Bob Derrington Water Reclamation Plant.
  • Consider approving an update of the list of officials who can authorize the use of city funds, reflecting recent turnover.
  • Consider approving the more than $114,000 purchase of a bucket truck.
  • Open a public hearing and consider approving for the first time a request by Shanti Thangam for original zoning of Retail-One on about one acre of vacant land to accommodate a jewelry store east of the intersection of the Highway 191 service road and Rocky Lane Road.
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