The long-awaited Tres Palacios Creek Channel project is now complete, almost 10 years after the effort started.

“A total of 535-acre feet has been added, holding up to 175 million gallons of storm water,” City Manager Courtney Sladek said Thursday.

Despite now being situated south of the city limits, the $7 million federally-funded project running newly-constructed retention pond north of CR 408 is expected to take the homes of 400 El Campo residents out of the flood plain.

Challenger Services Inc. of Ganado received the $4,424,498 bid in February 2018 for actual construction.

An update on the Tres Palacios project is one of nine Sladek will present to city council at the upcoming session. Others include the El Campo Lost Lagoon water line extension project, water meter replacements and a rail spur for the still-pending railroad-supported warehouse project on the city’s east side.

Sladek is expected to update council on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout as well.

The El Campo City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in chambers, 315 E. Jackson. The meeting is open to the public with time specifically designated for citizen comments.

As a result of COVID-19 safety measures, total attendance is limited to 26. Of that, 11 to 15 spots are taken by an anticipated seven council members, one to five staff members and three media representatives.

Radio station KULP 106.7 FM and 1390 AM will broadcast the meeting.

Public comments can be emailed to through 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 as well as being made in person.

Other items before Council include:

The Crisis Center is requesting the city increase its funding of the program from $2,500 per year to $5,000.

The center has worked with 201 El Campo victims this year, according to Crisis Center Executive Director Kelli Wright-Nelson.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the best services to the communities we serve,” Wright said. 

• The proposed donation of a city flag pole on the former fire station lot to Everyday Heroes, accepting an auditor and increasing ambulance rates while offering an early pay discount top the items on the consent agenda.

Consent items can all be accepted or denied at once should council choose to do so. Items can also be pulled off the consent agenda for discussion.

• A closed door session is scheduled to consider whether council wishes to accept a land donation on Monseratte Street.

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