News from Cedar Park & Williamson County
Cedar Park City Council Meets April 14 and 28, 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Meets April 7 and 21, 7 p.m. • 201 N. Brushy St., Leander • 512-259-1239 www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Meets April 12, 14, 19, 26, 28 and May 3, 9 a.m. • 700 Lavaca St., Austin • 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 9:30 a.m. • 710 S. Main St., Georgetown • 512-943-1100 www.wilco.org MEETINGSWE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS CEDARPARK The city announced Feb. 25 that its library received the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association’s 2021 Excellence in Libraries Award. The annual award was given to 59 public libraries in Texas “that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services.”
River Ranch County Park project on track after yearlong delay
PARK PROGRESS Take a look at construction milestones over time for River Ranch County Park.
County purchases parkland
BY CLAIRE SHOOP
to meet milestones outlined in the contract, failed to adequately super- vise the work that was performed, and failed to build improvements in accordance with the plans and specications. The county terminated its contract with Ritter, Botkin Prime Construc- tion Co. on June 2, 2021, according to the email. Because the contractor was bonded, Gravell said the county had to go through a bonding or surety company to replace the contractor—a process that stalled construction on River Ranch County Park for a year. Gravell described working with bonded companies as an insurance policy to ensure that the services promised in construction contracts are completed. “We never imagined it would take a year to get the bonding company to move [forward],” Gravell said.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY Work to complete River Ranch County Park is back on track after a yearlong delay caused by issues with the contractor, County Judge Bill Gravell said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper. Gravell said the county had a contract in place with a construction company that “wasn’t measuring up” to the county’s standards for the park. The 1,354-acre park, located between Leander and Liberty Hill, will include 10-12 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails; camp- grounds; playgrounds; RV parking; pavilions; and an interpretive center. In an email, Williamson County conrmed it had sent a notice of default to Ritter, Botkin Prime Con- struction Co., the general contractor on the project, alleging it had failed
NOVEMBER: Construction contract awarded to Ritter, Botkin Prime DECEMBER: Project breaks ground APRIL: County buys 350 more acres for park JUNE: County terminates construction contract FEBRUARY: County awards new design contract
SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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CEDAR PARK LEANDER EDITION • APRIL 2022
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