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Council OKs amended ordinance concerning May 11 bond issue
by Gary Kent
Apr 03, 2013 | 1312 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday, March 26, to approve an amended ordinance calling for a May 11 election to give voters a chance to decide on a $15.3 million general obligation bond issue.

If approved, the bonds will be used to finance the drilling of a water well and construction of a reverse osmosis plant to treat the water before pumping it into the city’s water storage facilities on West Cleveland Street.

Bond attorney Noel Valdez of the San Antonio office of McCall, Parkhurt and Horton was at the meeting to confirm that the action taken was appropriate. The attorney confirmed that it would comply with state law.

City Councilman David Carabajal had suggested that voters be given an opportunity to approve or deny the bond issue before allowing the city to take on the debt.

Other council members voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

The city will hold elections in Wards 1 and 5 City Council positions that day anyway.

Beeville is facing serious water problems as the Coastal Bend enters what is expected to be a third year of serious drought.

Already, with the steady decline of the level of water in Lake Corpus Christi and the position of the city’s raw water intake structure, Beeville is experiencing problems in pumping water from the Nueces River bed and treating it at the George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.

Council members then took action to extend voting hours during the early voting by personal appearance period in late April and early May to 12 hours just before the early voting ends on May 7.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Hire two temporary employees to conduct early voting by personal appearance at City Hall from April 29 through May 7.

— Approve the closing of all of Corpus Christi Street from North Washington to North Adams Street on April 6 from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. for the first Bee County Living History Celebration.

— Reappoint Elden Price to the Traffic Safety Commission and name Jim Cardenas, a retired Highway Patrol sergeant, to replace Michael Page.

— Authorize the city staff to have electricity connected to a trash compactor at the equipment yard at a cost of $5,232.45.

— Schedule a six-month evaluation for City Manager Deborah Ballí for April 9.

— Authorize Ballí to hire a temporary replacement to fill the staff accountant vacancy in the finance department.
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