The engineers were given the go-ahead after a number of residents complained about sewer backups in their homes following four inches of rain that fell in Refugio last week.
David Furzer will come on board next week as the combination water and sewer plant operator. Furzer, formerly with LNV Engineering, accepted the job in Refugio.
The council also approved combining the water and sewer superintendent’s jobs. The jobs were separated over the summer.
Police Chief Andy Lopez proposed that a captains rank be added to his department.
“As the department has matured, we’re ready to implement rank and chain of command,” Lopez said.
The chief said the promotion will come from within the department and officers will have to go through an interview process to be promoted. The promotion will come with a $200 raise above the officer’s salary.
“They will step up in my absence,” Lopez said. “I’m going to stay actively involved.”
The chief also requested that exceptions be made to the city’s policy of not allowing anyone, other than employees, to ride city vehicles.
Lopez and another officer in a second vehicle escort the school buses to football games. Some of the trips are far away and until the policy was loosened Tuesday evening, family members were not allowed to ride.
The policy for city workers in vehicles did not change.
The council also agreed to purchase reflectors that will be installed in the middle of streets to pinpoint the location of fire hydrants.