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Council tables action on alternate water financing plan
by Gary Kent
May 02, 2013 | 985 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members tabled a discussion on possible alternatives in the event that voters turn down a $15.3 million bond issue when they go to the polls on May 11.

The agenda item for the Tuesday night, April 23, meeting called for a discussion of “Plan B financing alternatives for the bond election.”

Although the council has previously looked briefly at other methods of funding new sources of water for the city, no formal discussion has taken place on those suggestions.

City Manager Deborah Ballí has been told in meetings of a regional water group, made up of communities that obtain their municipal water from Lake Corpus Christi, that those cities need to begin planning for a possible loss of that source within two years.

Ballí told the Bee-Picayune this week that no formal notice has been given by the City of Corpus Christi. But those cities have seen some reports estimating water availability by each quarter of the year in the event that the Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir watersheds do not receive appreciable rainfall for the next two years.

The area is in the third year of substantial drought this year, and the level of Lake Corpus Christi has declined to the original Nueces River channel.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

— Heard Ron Chaney of CenterPoint Energy explain his company had filed a rate case with the Texas Railroad Commission on March 30. The case has yet to be taken up by the commission.

Because the city opted years earlier to abide by the decision of the commission, any changes in rates would be delayed by 45 days before they go into effect for city residents.

— Voted to approve the closure of North Avenue E. from West Walton to West Carter Street from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 5 for an Our Lady of Victory Fiesta.

— Tabled action on a report of violation of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that allegedly occurred in November of last year.

City Water Superintendent Cesario Vela was not available to explain the violation.

­­— Approved a change order for $7,494 that was part of a Community Development Block Grant project to install new water lines in the North Lightburne Street area.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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