The Mont Belvieu City Council approved a design contract for widening Perry Avenue from in front of the wastewater treatment plant and extending it to FM 1409 at a meeting Monday night that was live-streamed online to be able to meet both open meeting requirement and emergency social-distancing measures.

City spokesman Brian Ligon said the $184,700 contract includes not only design but also surveying and other services. 

This is part of a $1.2 million bond budget for the street widening.

Director of Community Development Ricardo Villagrand said the project should start construction in the fall and be completed by the summer of 2021.

In an action related to the coronavirus situation, the council modified the city’s vacation and sick leave policies to allow employees to use sick leave and vacation as soon as it is accrued. 

City manager Nathan Watkins said the city has had little direct expense caused by the virus outbreak so far, mainly involving the purchase of additional cleaning and protective supplies and some additional laptop computers so employees can work from home. 

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