Council approves agreement to have Townsend work with city on future water system improvements, construction
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BEEVILLE – City Council members quickly approved an agreement Tuesday night, April 8, with Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend that will allow him to work for the city on a month-to-month basis on the city’s water issues.

Townsend, who was city manager in Corpus Christi at the time the City Council there approved the construction of the Choke Canyon Dam and Reservoir, has commented on the city’s water situation several times since taking the temporary position here.

He had just started at City Hall when the city experienced a major water emergency last December.

According to the agreement, Townsend will continue to assist the city in planning improvements in the city’s surface water system and coordinating any construction.

City Finance Director Caron Vela said the city has the funds available for the agreement.

Townsend also has worked as city manager in Laredo.

He and his wife live in Austin.

The agreement is to go into effect on May 1, immediately after Townsend is replaced by Beeville’s newly-hired city manager, Jack Hamlett.

Townsend reminded the council at the Tuesday meeting that Hamlett also has experience in dealing with municipal water system expansions.

In other business last Tuesday, the council voted to:

— Approve the appointment of Alexandria Gamez as the new deputy to City Secretary Barbara Treviño. Gamez will replace Emily Espinoza, who left the city recently to take another position.

— Seek cost estimates on building restrooms at Kohler Park and on equipping Treviño Park with a walking trail and a playscape.

— Postpone action on an agreement with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office on using the city’s radio tower at Veterans Memorial Park for its backup radio system.

BCSO Deputy Lt. Ronnie Jones will meet with City Attorney Frank Warner to work out a final version of the agreement before it is approved by the council.

— Approve an agreement with Coastal Bend College for the use of a girls softball field at Veterans Park. The 10-year agreement will guarantee that the college can use the facility. Either party will have the right to terminate the agreement in June each year.

— Authorize the city to use a $51,155.85 payment for park improvements for an easement at Veterans Park for an oil pipeline that was installed there earlier this year by Texas Midstream Utility.

— Allow Townsend to send a letter to the Capehart Subdivision notifying the management there of an intention to clear up an understanding of its relationship with the city in regard to water, sewer and other utility services.

— Approve the purchase of a turf mower for use at the John C. Beasley Municipal Golf Course from Professional Turf Products at a cost of $13,066.28.
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