Municipal

Municipal Services

A sound infrastructure is the backbone of any municipality, large or small, and is the core requirement for new growth and sustainability of all municipalities.

MLA Consulting draws from our experience and utilizes the latest technologies to analyze and design the most effective and economical solutions to provide for that sound infrastructure, including rehabilitation of existing facilities and/or design of new facilities. MLA Consulting understands that municipal engineering involves developing solutions to meet the needs of an entire community in the most timely, accurate and cost effective manner.

We provide the following services for our municipal clients: Grant Programs, Grant Applications, Municipal Planning, Municipal Mapping, Water & Wastewater Facilities and Roadway Facilities.

City of Sadler, Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

In 2009, the City of Sadler was awarded a Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) to construct improvements at the City’s existing wastewater treatment plant to bring the plant back into compliance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The project consisted of designing bar rack screens, ditch aerators (horizontal brush rotors), electrical upgrades and an all weather access road. MLA’s responsibilities included preparation of construction plans, details and specifications, coordination with TCEQ, Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) & TxCDBG program staff, bidding and construction administration.

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City of Chico, 2009 TxCDBG Water System Improvements

In 2009, the City of Chico was awarded a Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) to construct water system improvements including the construction of a new 200,000 gallon elevated tank to replace an existing ~25-year old tank. In addition to the design of the tank itself, MLA prepared a water system model to analyze the operation and efficiency of the existing system and to determine several alternatives for the location/elevation of the new tank. Based on the findings of the water model, MLA presented the City with the alternatives, cost estimates, and a recommendation for the location/elevation of the new elevated tank. The improvements will allow the City to operate its water system as a single unified system instead of as two separate systems in the existing configuration. Additionally, the improvements will provide better water pressure systemwide. MLA’s responsibilities include preparation of construction plans, details and specifications, coordination with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA), and TxCDBG program staff, bidding and construction administration.

 

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City of Chico Paving Improvements

In 2009, the Chico Independent School District (CISD) constructed a new elementary school adjacent to the existing high school. The City needed to improve the existing, narrow roadways along the southern and eastern boundaries of the school property in order to accommodate the additional traffic generated. MLA Staff designed paving and drainage improvements for approximately 3,300 linear feet of roadways including the widening of Park Road and Tabor Lane from 18-feet to 26-feet and the associated drainage improvements. MLA Staff worked closely with the City Staff and the CISD representatives in order to complete the project in a timely manner prior to the first day of school in August 2009. MLA’s responsibilities included the preparation of construction plans, details and specifications, coordination with the school district and their engineer, local electric company and TxDOT.

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City of Lindsay TxCDBG Planning & Capacity Building Fund

In 2008, the City of Lindsay was awarded a Planning & Capacity Building Fund grant through the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program to assist with developing inventory maps of their existing infrastructure, identifying infrastructure needs (present and long term), and developing basic ordinances. The project consisted of the preparation of a 20-year Community Development Plan (Comprehensive Plan) to prepare and position the City for the orderly growth and sustainability throughout the planning period. MLA’s responsibilities included socioeconomic research; attending numerous meetings with the City Staff, City Council, Planning/Zoning Commission, and the general public; analyses of the existing and future population, housing, land uses, and infrastructure; land use, zoning and infrastructure mapping; recommendations for infrastructure improvements; preparation of a Capital Improvements Program, preparation of zoning and subdivision ordinances, and meetings with Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) Staff to obtain approval of the documents.

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Lake Ridge Erosion Control and Drainage Improvements

 

Lake Ridge is a 3,000 acre master-planned community with more than 2,500 single-family lots located in Cedar-Hill, Grand Prairie, and Midlothian in Dallas and Ellis County, Texas developed by Bluegreen Communities. Several locations throughout the development have experienced severe erosion problems due to the type of soils and steep slopes found in the area. In 2009, MLA Staff prepared a detailed drainage analysis and provided recommendations in order to address the major erosion issues in the area. MLA staff facilitated meetings with Bluegreen, the City of Cedar Hill, and the Lake Ridge Property Owners Association to identify the most cost effective, value engineered solutions to meet the needs and budgets of all three parties. The MLA staff prepared construction plans, standard details and developed a draft erosion control guidelines manual for the City of Cedar Hill to use for future developments throughout the city.

City of Palmer, Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

In 2009, the City of Palmer was having issues with the quality of the effluent from their existing wastewater treatment plant. MLA Consulting performed an analysis of the existing plant and designed improvements in order to bring them back into compliance with TCEQ regulations, including the design of a new polymer injection system, headworks improvements, bar screen installation and a pressure transducer. MLA prepared construction plans, details and specifications, coordinated with TCEQ staff as necessary for compliance, and coordinated the bidding and construction administration for the project.

City of Valley View Water Well #2

The City of Valley View is purchasing a portion of an existing water supply corporation in order to alleviate the water production and storage issues as cited by the TCEQ. A condition of the sale is that the City must have a secondary water source. MLA Consulting designed a new water well, ground storage tank and pump station to provide the secondary source. MLA’s responsibilities included coordination with TCEQ staff to obtain approval for the new well, preparation of specifications, and coordination of the bidding and construction administration for the project.

City of Palmer Water System Model & Report

The City of Palmer constructed a new elevated tank several years ago that was not operating at its full capacity. MLA Consulting was hired to determine the necessary improvements required to maximize the operational efficiency of the tank and the existing water system. MLA’s responsibilities included performing a water distribution system model, preparing a report of the findings and recommendations for improvements to the system, and preparing cost estimates for the various system improvements.

Mapping/GIS

MLA Consulting has provided a wide variety of mapping services for attorneys and municipalities across North and Central Texas, including but not limited to Census mapping, City Limits/Extra-Territorial Jurisdictions (ETJ’s), Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN), Land Use/Zoning mapping, Floodplain and Utilities (water, sewer, drainage, and dry utilities) mapping, Mapbook Creation, and Master Planning/Comprehensive Plan mapping. All mapping utilizes state of the art technology and is prepared in state plane coordinates for simplifying the transfer of the data to GIS systems.