Nacogdoches Full of Capital Improvements

by Jessica Cervantez

After years of planning, and now months of hard work, progress continues daily for several multi-million dollar capital improvement projects in Nacogdoches.

Citizens can hear bulldozers and see work crews throughout Nacogdoches. From the water treatment plant to the new animal shelter, there are several capital improvement projects keeping the city busy.

The biggest building project is the expansion of the police department. Those who work inside expect a first-class facility.

"It is going to give us the room we need to spread out," Nacogdoches Police Chief Bill Lujan said. "Right now, we are kind of like packed sardines. But, if the department is going to grow the building has to grow."

Not far away is another multi-million dollar improvement, the water treatment project. It will significantly increase the amount of water treated from Lake Nacogdoches.

"It is a $17-million construction project that is going to increase the capacity to treat water at the lake from 10 million gallons a day to 25 million gallons a day. So, it is a 150% increase," Nacogdoches City Engineer David Smith said.

Within the last few weeks, metal has been erected at the new Nacogdoches Animal Shelter. But this week, crews get a break because of the wet weather.

All of the projects are being funded with tax dollars and through the sale of bonds. City officials say it will be worth it in the long run.

"Some of the citizens may get tired of the construction from time to time, but it is really needed and it is going to be good for us," Smith said.