Earlier in the year when the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee approved resurfacing the River Grove Park entrance road between Hamblen Road and the park’s facilities area, it authorized funding to cover the cost of routine asphalt resurfacing as has been done over the years since the road was built.

However, when the committee met Dec. 3 for its last meeting of the year, it learned that time has taken its toll on the heavily trafficked roadbed and that more extensive work is needed than just fixing its surface.

“When we prepared the request for bid and sent it out to three companies that we had been working with and when the companies went out and looked at it, they found out the base (of the road) was far worse than what I thought it was based on, assuming the base was within some kind of good order,” Dee Price, the parks’ steward said.

She explained that her estimate of $45,000 was what the committee approved, and it was based only on resurfacing over the existing base. “What they found out was the base is in really bad shape and unless they do something about the base and make it really solid, we’re just going to be doing this again. Repairs include  mixing an average of 35 pounds of Portland cement per square yard into an average depth of 6-8 inches of the base; then grade, compact and water it to stabilize material and lay down the asphalt surface.

She explained that based on resurfacing the approximately 551 feet of road into the park to the first stop sign and including the triangle turning area at the stop sign with an asphalt thickness of 4 inches compacted to 3 inches, the additional cost would be $15,000, worst case.

“If we want to put down a good foundation, and this is a heavily traveled road and sometimes we take heavy equipment over it, I firmly believe we should follow the recommendation,” Price said.

She explained that since the extra $15,000 was substantially over the budgeted amount of $45,000 she wanted, the committee’s concurrence before she rewrote the specifications for the request for bid to include the base stabilization work. Price also explained since that the committee had a substantial budget under run in the 2020 budget for a variety of reasons, one option to fund the additional cost would be to ask the KSA board of directors, in its first quarterly meeting in 2021, to carry over up to $15,000 of the 2020 under run into 2021 to cover the cost.

The committee unanimously concurred and the authorization was approved. The bidding will begin as soon as possible and the request to the KSA Board of Directors will be made in January. The project will be completed in 2021 as planned. 

In other business, KSA’s Ethyl McCormick reported the feral hog activity was considerably lower than the 49 reports and sightings the month before. There were seven reports during November and the two authorized hunters captured or killed 12 hogs.

KSA Parks Committee meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive in Kingwood. However, they will continue as scheduled using Zoom for teleconferencing until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Houston.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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