M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 12/11/2018 

DATE: 12/11/2018 REFERENCE NO.: L-16169 LOG NAME: 80FOREST PARK ZOO 16 INCH SEWER LINE PROJECT
CODE: L TYPE: NON-CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: YES
SUBJECT:   Conduct Public Hearing and Authorize Use of a Portion of Parkland at Forest Park for the Installation of a Public Sewer Main with Associated Infrastructure (COUNCIL DISTRICT 9)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1.  Conduct a public hearing under the guidelines set forth by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 26, Protection of Public Parks and Recreational Lands;
  
2.  Find that no feasible or prudent alternative exists for the use of Forest Park for the installation of a public sewer main with associated infrastructure;
  
3.  Find that the proposed installation of the public sewer main with associated infrastructure includes all reasonable planning to minimize harm to the parkland, including that all infrastructure and equipment will be constructed in Forest Park as specified on the attached exhibits and as noted in the discussion below; and

4.  Close the public hearing and authorize use of approximately 0.206 acres of dedicated parkland at Forest Park for the proposed public sewer main with associated infrastructure.

        *  Forest Park- located at 1500-2000 Colonial Pkwy., south of the Clear Fork Trinity River, west of Rogers St., intersected by University Dr., north and south of Colonial Pkwy., northeast of Winton Terrace, east of terminus of Wescott Rd, intersected by Park Hill Dr., east of Sandage Ave., north of McPherson Ave., west of McCart Ave., west of Forest Park Blvd., intersected by Park Pl., intersected by Colonial Pkwy., west at terminus of Huntington Ln., west of Rockridge Terrace, south of Kensington Ct., west of terminus of Stonebridge Place, in Council District 9.

 
DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize the use of a portion of parkland at Forest Park for the installation of a public sewer main with associated infrastructure improvements.

The City of Fort Worth is requesting the use of Forest Park for the installation of a public sewer main with associated infrastructure.  These improvements are necessary for the construction of the Fort Worth Zoo Elephant Springs Project.

The project involves the relocation of an existing 15-inch sewer main and the installation of a new 16-inch sewer main.  It is necessary to relocate these utilities in order to construct the new elephant pool.

The combined improvements will encompass approximately 9,001 square feet of maintenance area within the park.
  

Sewer Infrastructure

Width

(feet)

Length

(linear feet)

Total

(square feet)

16-inch

19.74

456

9,001.44


No additional workspace is needed for construction because staging will occur along the Zoo utility drive areas. Once construction is complete the park will be restored to its previous condition or better.

The proposed alignment will impact approximately 3 trees totaling 25 caliper inches within the park. The City Forester is working with the Zoo on a possible mitigation plan addressing those impacts. The existing trees in proximity to the proposed construction will be protected throughout construction.

In accordance with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 26, the City of Fort Worth seeks to use a portion of the parkland for the purpose of installing a sewer main with associated infrastructure improvements.

This item was presented to the Park & Recreation Advisory Board on October 24, 2018, noting Staff's recommendation to the City Council to authorize the use of a portion of Forest Park for the installation of public sewer main with associated infrastructure.

In accordance with State law, public notice of the hearing was advertised in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on November 15, 2018, November 22, 2018 and November 29, 2018.  An exhibit map was available for public review at the Park & Recreation Department administrative offices located at 4200 South Freeway, Suite 2200, Fort Worth, Texas 76115.

A letter announcing the proposed use was sent to the presidents of the Berkeley Place, Colonial Heights, Frisco Heights, Mistletoe Heights, Park Hill, Paschal, University Place and University West Neighborhood Associations on November 12, 2018. Signage was posted at the site noting the proposed use and providing instructions for directing comments to the Park & Recreation Department. Staff will note any public comment received during the public hearing Report of City Staff.  

Forest Park is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 9.  

This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.

 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:
The Director of Finance certifies that this action will have no material effect on City Funds.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Susan Alanis (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Richard Zavala (5704)
Additional Information Contact:
David Creek (5744)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  MAYOR AND COUNCIL COMMUNICATION alignment.pdf
  MAYOR AND COUNCIL COMMUNICATION alignment2.pdf
  MAYOR AND COUNCIL COMMUNICATION alignment3.pdf