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December 28, 2012

TIF road project is only part of overall city vision

emann@pvdemocrat.com — The most successful economic projects all have a turning point, which set off a wave of positive impacts and for Pauls Valley’s Tax Incremental Financing District, it all begins with a road.

It was during a recent Pauls Valley city council meeting that council members approved the engineering phase for the first step in a roadway project for the business district, a matter of relief and excitement for those like City Manager James Frizell and Mayor Tim Gamble. Handled by SMC Consulting Engineers, who has done engineering design work for the city in the past, the road eventually will offer a point of attraction for businesses who are looking to move to the South Central Oklahoma area.

“We have a sense of relief knowing that these businesses that are coming in that we can help by meeting their infrastructure needs instead of having to go out and encumber debt,” said Frizell. “To be able to continue to progress, to keep up with the demand, you’ve got to grow your business.”

What this engineering phase will do is prepare designs and plans for the road within a 75 day window, which includes aspects like paving and drainage since it falls in a flood plain area, said Frizell. It will take time to make sure the proper procedures as well as meeting Department of Environmental Quality requirements are met and a best case scenario would see work beginning by the late summer/early fall of 2013.

The road itself in this district will include about four blocks from an entrance on Highway 19 around the east side around Punkin’s Bar-B-Que toward US 77 in a north/south direction on a road already named Loftin Lane, said Frizell. According to the agreement, the eventual cost of construction will also be determined during this time period and the first phase will cost the city about $58,000 for everything from topographic survey to assisting with the pre-construction meeting as well as setting up the bidding process.

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