Golf Day; Music to the ears of hotels; zoo offers; Gas prices down

The City of Waco is inviting tenders for the construction of an education center and animal hospital at the Cameron Park Zoo, just off North Fourth Street, one of the projects included in a bond package of $14.5 million approved by voters in 2019.

Cost estimates have jumped about 50% since the proposal went to voters, and zoo officials recently successfully lobbied the Waco City Council and McLennan County Commissioners Court for millions more in taxpayer support. Bids are due November 18 and potential bidders are invited for a site visit on Tuesday morning.

A summary provided by the local office of the Associated General Contractors of America indicates that the veterinary hospital will have a surgery room and a treatment room for all types of animals. Flexible indoor and outdoor waiting rooms will allow recovery after treatment. The hospital will also have a necropsy space and a pathology laboratory. The education center, meanwhile, will have four multipurpose classrooms. Flexible layouts mean the space can be rented out for events such as receptions and conferences.

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Golf Day

Dia de Golf will arrive Wednesday at Topgolf, the air-conditioned driving range on Creekview Drive off Interstate 35. The event is the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Cen-Tex’s annual fundraiser, which will run from 1 p.m. . The chamber welcomes individuals, local businesses and organizations to take advantage of the networking opportunity.

For more information, call the chamber at 254-754-7111.

Overview of building permits

Building permits issued in the week ending Tuesday, as reported by the local office of Associated General Contractors of America, include a permit worth $150,000 for finishing work at 10214 China Spring Road, where Reign Coffee Co. plans to open.

HEB secured a $48,600 permit to renovate the store at 1821 S. Valley Mills Drive.

FTK Construction obtained 36 permits, each worth $230,386, for unit modifications at Trendwood Apartments, 1700 Dallas Circle.

Gas prices down

There’s nothing like dressing up as a gas pump for Halloween to make a spooky impression, but the gag loses touch with reality.

Fuel prices are down, with the statewide average slipping to $3.19 a gallon for regular unleaded on Thursday, down 7 cents in one week. In Waco, the norm fell from $3.19 to $3.16 during that time, according to AAA Texas.

On Friday, GasBuddy was reporting prices per gallon below $3 throughout Greater Waco, including $2.95 at Brookshire on Peplow Drive.

“Global recession fears coupled with the Biden administration’s plan to continue tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in December have helped moderate oil prices primarily over the past week,” an AAA Texas press release read.

“Fuel prices are falling despite strong demand as road trips remain popular this fall – reaching near-summer-like levels the week before,” AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster said in the release. hurry.

Music to hotel ears

High school bands from across Texas and Kansas, 29 in all, marched through Waco last week to compete in the 2022 Bands of America Waco Regional Championship at McLane Stadium. Music teachers and marching band experts chose 12 bands to advance to Saturday night’s final. Baylor University’s Golden Waco Band presented an exhibit.

The Bands of America season wraps up with the Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 10-12 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In addition to bringing talent and entertainment to the city, the event benefited local hoteliers to the tune of 125 room nights, according to an information package.

heavyweight competition

Drawing a crowd at a celebration Thursday at Holt Cat’s repair plant on Texas Central Parkway was John Schiedeck, a Bastrop heavy equipment operator. Schiedeck won the North American regional final of the Global Operator Challenge last week. He’s great when it comes to maneuvering big machines.

Now, he will represent Holt Cat in the Global Operator Challenge finals at ConExpo, a construction trade show in March in Las Vegas. This is where Caterpillar will crown a world champion operator.

Competitors use multiple machines with tests such as loading precise amounts of soil, carrying and maneuvering through obstacles. Holt Cat set up a demo area Thursday for Schiedeck to show off his considerable skill.

“He’s a wonderful ambassador for Holt Cat and a wonderful machine operator. … We look forward to cheering him on at ConExpo,” Holt Cat CEO and Managing Director Peter Holt said in a press release.

Halloween room

Union Hall at Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue invites young people to visit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, when several of its food vendors will hand out Halloween treats in a family-friendly atmosphere. Union Hall even placed a map on its Facebook page urging people to locate stalls, marked orange, to enter the contest and highlight the path to their entrances.

West Bank Po’ Boys, Tiny Pies, Whizzbang’s, Be Kind Coffee, Blasian Asian, Unshakeable Milkshakes, Roni’s Mac Bar and Wacool Tacos and Tamales are among the participating vendors.

Michael C. Ford