Budget up for approval at Nacogdoches City Council meeting

Budget up for approval at Nacogdoches City Council meeting
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 4:13am

AS REPORTED IN THE NACOGDOCHES DAILY SENTINEL:

Marie Leonard | 1 comment

Nacogdoches city council members will receive an annual report from Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation officials and consider a Municipal Settings Designation for Lots 11 and 12, City Block 47 near Powers Street and Old Tyler Road at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

The company 902 Tyler Management, LLC has applied for a municipal settings designation for a 4.33 acre area of land behind a building previously used as a materials site, Jason Smith, engineering assistant for the city of Nacogdoches, said.

"The site was a lumber treatment mill at one time, and this designation will make the site reusable," Smith said. "Some chemicals had previously leaked into the shallow groundwater, which is approximately 16 feet deep."

Although the soil on the surface has already been cleaned, the designation will allow work to continue at the site as long as the groundwater is not used, Smith said.

Council members will also consider adopting the 2010-11 city budget on the first reading. A few of the proposed budget highlights include a property tax rate of 0.569 cents (2-cent increase) per $100 valuation, a 5-percent increase in water rates, no cost-of-living pay adjustments for city employees and $18,000 of capital improvement projects from general fund reserves.

Members of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau will present a mid-year report at the meeting, and their 2010-11 annual budget will be considered by council members.

An annual report from Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation administrators will also be presented, councilwoman Shelley Brophy said.

"They come in to discuss their yearly incomes and results and to discuss new planned opportunities for economic development," she said.

In a closed session during Tuesday's meeting, a new human resources manager will be appointed, Brophy said.

"This is an important position for the city, because they've been looking for someone for that position for awhile," she said.

A contract with Barwin Consultants to prepare engineering design plans and oversee the Banita Creek sewer line replacement project will be considered as well. The sewer line is a pipe which was constructed in 1960 to carry wastewater for the northwestern quadrant of the city. Due to the weakened condition of the pipe, repair of the existing pipe would not be an economic option. A contract costing $37,000 with Hydrex Environmental to provide an environmental study for the sewer line replacement project will also be considered.

Council members will also award a bid for the Central Heights Water Main Installation Phase Two project, which consists of rehabilitation of nearly 17,000 feet of a six-inch water main located in northern Central Heights.

Marie Leonard can be reached at mleonard@dailysentinel.com
 

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