Excessive water usage fee increase proposed
San Angelo Standard-Times (TX), 2014-07-14
July 14 -- SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Residential water customers who use 8,000 gallons of water per month or more could see higher excessive usage fees, depending on an upcoming City Council decision.
A first public hearing on Tuesday's council agenda could modify the city ordinance to further discourage excessive water use as San Angelo attempts to manage current water supplies amid a prolonged regional drought.
Proposed excessive usage fees would uniformly span across all the city's drought levels, according to a city memo.
Single-family residential accounts using 8,000 to 14,000 gallons per month could be charged an additional fee of $8 per 1,000 gallons.
Those using 15,000 to 20,000 gallons per month could pay an additional $12 per 1,000 gallons.
Those using 21,000 gallons to 29,000 gallons per month could pay an additional $20 per 1,000 gallons.
Those using more than 29,000 gallons per month could pay an additional $30 per 1,000 gallons.
City staff proposed the new excessive usage fees based on council's direction that it wanted to discourage water overuse by household customers, but didn't want to financially impact the most conservative water users.
AVENUE P PROJECT NEEDS MORE EASEMENTS
City staff will go back to the drawing board on the Avenue P project -- which has been held up for more than a year because an easement never was acquired.
"Permanent drainage easements and temporary construction easements are needed across two parcels of land in order that the outfall for the Avenue P drainage project will reach the Red Arroyo," a city memo states.
The project should help mitigate flooding in the Rio Vista neighborhood near central San Angelo by redirecting storm runoff, which has increased in recent years as development upstream increased, according to the memo.
Last summer, when the project was awarded to low bidder Reece Albert, Inc. of San Angelo for $2.59 million , the contractor agreed to hold the bid price until the end of December 2013 while the city worked to acquire a necessary easement.
"Work on the contract never got underway due to an easement that was not acquired at the outfall of the drainage structure," the memo states.
The city also will have to take bids for the project again.
At Tuesday's meeting, city staff will ask for council's authorization to negotiate with owners of two parcels of property, for permanent drainage utility easements and temporary construction easements, east of South Chadbourne Street and Avenue P .
Funds to acquire the easements will be taken from the Capital Projects fund, according to the memo, in an amount not to exceed the easement's appraised value.
IN OTHER NEWS
City staff will request authorization to expend up to $110,000 from the Lake Nasworthy operations capital account -- $35,000 of which was already committed -- to build a new boat ramp to help with the annual Showdown in San Angelo boat races.
The decision is in response to requests from the boat race organizers and the Convention and Visitors' Bureau for a new ramp at Spring Creek Park at Lake Nasworthy .
"These improvements will support more than the annual drag boat races," a city memo states. "They will provide much easier access to the lake for recreational boaters all year long."
A proposed paddle wheel steamboat tour on Lake Nasworthy could come to fruition, as staff will request council's approval of an agreement between the city and Nasworthy Lake Tours, LLC , during Tuesday's meeting.
The city will receive annual fixed payments and a 6 percent payment of the company's gross receipts for the company to operate on public property at Mary E. Lee Park .
The council will discuss possible amendments to the Water Advisory Board by-laws, as requested by Council members Charlotte Farmer and Elizabeth Grindstaff .
City staff will request expenditure of $273,737 -- of which $182,519 is paid by the Federal Aviation Administration through passenger facility charges -- for a change order in the San Angelo Mathis Field Regional Airport renovations project.
The change order will include the rental car area improvements, relocation of utility lines and conference room revisions. The city will be obligated to pay $91,217 of the requested expenditures, for items in the change order that are not federally eligible. That money will come from currently budgeted City of San Angelo Development Corporation funds toward the project.
The council will hold the second public hearing, in the consent agenda, for adopting new solid waste fees, which would bump the residential base rate up to $13.47 per month for once-per-week trash pickup and once-per-week recyclables pickup.
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