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2013 Capital Improvements Plan
In the first five months of 2013, a Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Committee, comprised of 20 Belton residents, studied potential capital projects in Belton before making recommendations to the Belton City Council. In June 2013, the Belton City Council approved the plan, adding to it an additional $1 million dedicated to future road projects to be determined following an analysis and ranking of City roads. In all, the Council approved projects in five different categories: Public Safety, Streets, Sidewalks, Parks and Recreation, and Traffic Lights.

In August 2013, the Belton City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $6.825 million in certificates of obligation, which funded projects without increasing taxes. The chart below provides status updates on the approved projects.


 Project Cost Estimate  Status
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Public Safety Center Enhancement
 $2.5 Million
  • Dec. 10, 2013: Belton City Council awarded Architects Design Group a contract to design the expansion of the Belton Public Safety Center.
  • Feb. 11, 2014: Baird/Williams Construction selected as Construction Manager at Risk.
  • Dec. 9, 2014: Belton City Council approved $2.7 million Guaranteed Maximum Price contract with Baird/Williams Construction for 8,343-square-foot expansion.
  • Jan. 14, 2015: Construction begins with groundbreaking ceremony. Total cost of project, which includes and expansion and redesign of existing structure is $3.53 million
Sparta Road Expansion  $1.7 million*
Various Road Projects 
$1 million**
  •  Pending
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Wheat Road Expansion
 $800,000
  • Feb. 25, 2014: Belton City Council approved $1,038,101 bid from Wolff Construction to widen a portion of Wheat Road from 23 feet to 41 feet, from U.S. 190 past Digby Road. The project improvements include adding a 10-foot sidewalk in the area and roadway drainage enhancements. 
  • Feb. 25, 2014: Belton City Council approved an $86,169 change order for the contract that reduced the amount of construction on the north end of the project by 280 feet. The change order also added 190 square yards of concrete sidewalk to the south end of the project.
  • Feb. 25, 2014: Updated projected project cost is $1,128,440. The increase is tied to drainage issues in the area. In addition to $800,000 budgeted from 2013 certificates of obligation, the project will be funded with $96,382 contributed by Belton ISD with the rest of the funding coming from various City drainage funds.
  • Aug. 15, 2014: Wheat Road opened to traffic  meeting a goal to have it open before the first day of classes at the newly constructed Chisholm Trail Elementary. 
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Fire Engine Replacement
 
$400,000
  • Jan. 14, 2014: Belton City Council approved purchase of a pumper truck from Siddons-Martin Emergency Group.
  • March 2013: City makes $363,952 advance payment. Delivery of Pierce Custom Cab Pumper Truck anticipated within eight months.
  • January 2015: Pumper truck delivered to Belton and sent to Public Works where final adjustments related to equipment storage were made.
  • March 2015: Roll-in Ceremony held after pumper is placed into service.
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Heritage Park Enhancements
  • Baseball Field
  • Playground Equipment
  • 50 Parking Spaces 
$165,000

  • January 2014: Construction begins on baseball field.
  • Feb. 11, 2014: Belton City Council moves to replace playground at Heritage Park with special needs playground. A cost sharing agreement with Belton Lions Club is approved. It adds a $75,000 matching grant from Belton Lions Club to the City's $50,000 commitment for the playground.
  • Dec. 12, 2014: Belton Lions Club Playground dedicated at Heritage Park.
  • January 2015: New baseball field completed. It included lights, covered dugouts, bleachers, and a beautiful playing surface. Field to be formally dedicated prior to 2015 season.
  • February 2015: Construction begins on new parking spaces.
South Wall Sidewalk
$100,000
  •  Pending
South Belton Middle School Park $70,000
  • Pending
Beal Park Enhancements
  • Equipment
  • Parking
  • Pavilion
$50,000
  •  Pending
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Yettie Polk Park Enhancements
  • Equipment
  • Picnic Tables
  • Benches
 $25,000
  • October 2014: New playground equipment installed.
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Avenue D Sidewalk
$15,000
  •  Completed in December 2013
*Sparta Road Expansion is projected to cost $2 million with $1.7 million funded through certificates of obligation backed by the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone funds, and $300,000 from a previous 2008 bond. All other projects on the chart are projected to be funded with tax-supported 2013 certificates of obligation bond proceeds. 

**In addition, The Belton City Council also approved allocating $500,000 from 2008 certificates of obligation toward streets projects, bringing total funding for street projects to $1.5 million.

Additional Capital Improvement Projects

In addition to funding capital improvements with 2013 bond funds, several other projects recommended by the CIP Committee were funded with TIRZ proceeds. The TIRZ is a special zone created by the City Council to help finance redevelopment and infrastructure costs in targeted areas. The way it works is that taxes attributed to new improvements within the zone, or tax increments, are set-aside in a fund to finance public improvements within the zone's boundaries.

The chart below provides status updates on TIRZ-funded capital projects recommended by the CIP Committee and approved by both the Belton City Council and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board.


 Project Cost Estimate Status
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 Nolan Creek Recreation/Flood
Mitigation Project
 $200,000*
  • December 2014: Much of the construction of water features is completed. Grass is planted along the bank of the creek.
 Commerce/Sparta Traffic Signal $150,000
  • Part of Sparta Road Expansion Project
 South Main Sidewalks $75,000
  •  Associated with South Main water line replacement
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North Main Sidewalks
$70,000
  • September 2014: Sidewalk added from 22nd Avenue to Sparta Road.
  • Phase II will add sidewalk from Sparta Road to Lake Road.
*Represents a partial funding of the project. Additional funding includes $100,000 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife and private donations.