Déjà vu? For the second time recently, a large project received only one bid and Uvalde City Council moved to think on the matter instead of making an immediate decision.
In February, council voted to accept a $73,675 recreational grant and, as a result, move forward with a $168,500 project to repair the municipal swimming pool.
Bids for the project were scheduled to be opened on July 20. Council received only one bid. It was from Shannon-Monk Inc in the amount of $196,066, nearly $30,000 over the city’s anticipated cost to repair.
City manager Vince DiPiazza said city staff has identified some possible reductions in their repair plan and requested more time to negotiate with the company.
Ultimately, council voted to table awarding a contract pending further negotiations between city staff and the company.
Uvalde defensive back Ernest Ortiz goes airborne to pick off a Del Rio pass during the Uvalde Coyote’s scrimmage against Del Rio. Ortiz’s interception last Saturday in the Honey Bowl denied the Rams a touchdown.
There is a rural hospital crisis in Texas as many remain in financial distress, and 13 have closed in the last two years. While Uvalde Memorial Hospital has avoided having to cut services or dramatically reduce workforce size, its operating budget has been running in the red for several years, according to Tom Nordwick, UMH chief executive officer. Historically, rural hospitals have struggled because of different operating dynamics such as caring for a higher percentage of elderly and poor patients, as well as operating with a near negative financial margin due to lower patient volumes, dramatic swings in patient numbers from day to day, medical staff recruitment challenges which in turn drive up payroll costs, anda general lack of economies of scale that can be derived through high-volume purchasing.
The city of Uvalde is cracking down on past-due utility bills in an effort to encourage residents to make timely payments. Currently, the city is owed more than $700,00 in past-due utility payments.
“Our utility aging receivables show a large number of utility accounts that are over 60 days delinquent,” said Marty Coursey, finance director for the city of Uvalde. “This is mainly due to customers that have not had their services disconnected for nonpayment in a timely manner.”
Coursey noted that disconnection should take place 35 days from the resident’s due date. Instead, services have been allowed to remain active for up to four months.
Coursey said many customers have also been given extended credit and allowed to make $5 to $20 payments on bills due to hardships or – when contesting the bill accuracy – choose not to pay the current bill until an adjustment is determined.
As Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members (right and background) douse what's left of a Batesville home, smoke engulfs the crumpled tin and other household items. The fire occurred Thursday on Old Loma Vista Road. UVFD was dispatched to assist firefighters on the scene.
The 21 collective members of the Alderson and Moore families will forever be linked by an unselfish act of kindness – and a kidney – donated by one family to save another. Debbie Alderson agreed to give her kidney to a person she had never met – a complete stranger by the name of Jason Moore. Alderson is the wife of Bo and mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are adopted. The family owns a local business and has lived in Uvalde for many years.
Moore, father of five children and husband of Audra, moved to Uvalde from Odessa at the end of last year.
The two families have grown to be fast friends, and after seeing them interact for just a few minutes, it is unbelievable to think they only met a few months prior.
“Between us we have enough children for a football team,” Alderson joked of their large clans.