Royse City Council members approved a $1.3 million utility and road repair contract for Howard Street and road repairs around Royse City at last night’s regular council meeting.

The repairs on Howard Street will include the utilities that run beneath the road and the street will be paved with concrete, said City Manager Carl Alsabrook. 

“It’s been in the works with engineers for sometime,” he said. 

In addition to Howard Street, the project includes 10,000 square feet of other road repairs around the city. City staff involved with the project anticipate that repairs on Howard Street will begin within the next month. 

Council members also approved an estimated budget of $38,000 for repairs to the railroad crossing at Josephine Street. Union Pacific, the company that owns the railroad, will look for the contractor to repair the crossing and review the work done.

“Since the rail runs across a private streets, the company hires the contractor and inspects the work done,” Alsabrook said. 

Royse City Community Development Corporation President Larry Lott presented an incentive request to the council that had been approved by the CDC to help offset the development cost for a proposed beer garden at 105 E. Main St. The council also approved the incentive request of $125,000, which would be reimbursed after the facility is completed.  

The proposed beer garden, according to the property’s owner Dr. Gary Sanders, would keep with the history of the stores that previously stood at the location and the surrounding shops and stores. 

“We wanted to be respectful of what’s been there,” Dr. Sanders told the council.

The proposed facility would be similarly modeled after Krause’s Biergarten and Cafe in New Braunfels and would include a kid’s area and market area for potential farmer’s market collaborations. 

“We want it to be a part of the community,” Dr. Sanders said. “We’re really excited about it as an opportunity.”

In other business, all three members on the Heritage Preservation Committee whose terms were set to expire June 30 had their positions renewed by the council. Committee members Jennifer Pizana, Carol Burks and Donald Crenshaw will stay on the committee along with another three members and an open seat. 

The council also approved the final plat of Verandah 3B1, which was previously approved by the planning and zoning commission. The approval clears 246 land plots of the Verandah municipal utility district for future development. 

Council members approved an interlocal agreement with the Rockwall Central Appraisal District for the collection of Royse City Public improvement districts.

The amended capital improvement agreement regarding Parkside Village was tabled at the recommendation of the city attorney, saying that a contact with the company involved in the agreement was out of town.