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BEEVILLE – The City of Beeville has formally notified voters of its intent to hold an election on May 11 to seek voter approval of a $15.3 million sale of general obligation bonds.

If approved by the voters, the majority of the money raised, more than $12 million, would be spent on drilling a well into the Jasper aquifer and to build a reverse osmosis plant to treat the water and remove most of the 1,500 parts per million of suspended solids and chlorides.

The treated water would then be blended with a smaller amount of untreated water before being pumped into the city’s groundwater storage tanks on West Cleveland Street.

The notice names the polling places for each of the five election wards in the city.

Residents in Ward 1 will vote at the Doctor’s Building, 301 S. Hillside Drive. Ward 2 residents will vote at Kid’s World Day Care & Learning Center, 1826 S. Washington St. Ward 3 voters will cast ballots at the Police Training Center, 708 W. Milam St. Ward 4 voters will go to the library at R.A. Hall Elementary School, 1100 W. Huntington St. Ward 5 voters will cast ballots at A.C. Jones High School, 1902 N. Adams St.

Early voting by personal appearance will be held at the office of City Secretary Barbara Treviño at City Hall, 400 N. Washington St., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Monday, April 29, until May 3.

Extended-hour early voting by personal appearance will be the same location between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7.

Residents who wish to vote by mail should mail an application for a ballot to the city secretary’s office before Friday, May 3.

All mail ballots must be returned to City Hall by mail by election day.

Property owners will want to make their support or opposition known for the project because the bond sale would mean that the taxes on a $75,000 home would increase by almost $18 a month.

However, if the voters fail to approve the bond sale as the Coastal Bend enters the third year of substantial drought, some believe Beeville could be left without a supply of municipal water within two years.

City council members have taken the initiative to prevent that from happening by proposing the well and reverse osmosis plant project.

The council will hold the second town hall meeting on the proposal on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Community Center, 111 E. Corpus Christi St.

At the first town hall meeting on March 28, residents learned that the cost of reverse osmosis plants has decreased considerably and the technology has improved.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said this week that there will not be as many speakers at this meeting as there were at the March 28 session.

She expects Kevin Spencer, president of R.W. Harden & Associates, and Bill Norris, of NorrisLeal Engineering Water, both of Austin, will appear Tuesday.

Norris’ company is expected to design the well and reverse osmosis plant if the bond issue is approved by voters.

He and Spencer will be able to answer questions from the public.

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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