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Lampasas Co. seeks new bids on road project

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:45 pm

LAMPASAS — Commissioners met Monday morning to discuss roads and the upcoming farmers market and to clarify a resident’s deed restriction questions.

The county received only one bid for a 24,000-ton project requiring asphalt and gravel to improve local roads. The bid, which was slightly higher than last year, could cost the county an additional $20,000 if all material requirements stay the same as in 2013.

“The whole reason for going out for bidding is to get the best price,” said Chris Munn, county auditor, who recommended commissioners continue to search for more bids.

Commissioners decided to table the matter and seek better prices for the projects.

Dee Johnson, coordinator of the farmers market and co-owner of DJ’s Produce Farm, announced the market will open at 8 a.m. June 21. Due to a late growing season, only four vendors have signed up for the market and more are needed, she said.

Commissioners also approved Lucy Coonrod’s company, Purple Thistle Studio, to sell at the market. Coonrod makes soaps, lotions and other organic products.

Chuck Lowry, a resident of Lampasas Oaks Subdivision, asked for clarification on a deed restriction issue in his neighborhood.

Along with his neighbors, Lowry entered into a deed restriction upon buying his home from Thompson Properties, the subdivision developers.

The restriction stipulated that double-wide manufactured homes were allowed in the neighborhood, but single-wides were prohibited to ensure property values.

A resident recently moved into the subdivision and violated the deed restrictions, Lowry said, but neighbors were able to peaceably get him to comply.

“I don’t want to have to run and spend money every time someone is in violation,” Lowry said, asking commissioners if there was anything they could do to enforce the restrictions instead of neighbors taking action in a civil lawsuit.

The way the deed restriction was loosely worded, he said, it did not seem Thompson Properties would be required to enforce the contracts.

County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse said commissioners might be able to enforce septic tank violations, which may coincide with some of the deed violations. But homeowner associations and civil suits were the only other options presented to Lowry, as commissioners said it was between contractors and homeowners to enforce deed restrictions.

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