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City council nixes trucks for raises
by Kenda Nelson
Mar 02, 2012 | 849 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Refugio City Council awarded $2 per hour raises for city workers during its meeting Tuesday night. A request from EOG for city water was also tentatively approved, pending improvements to the infrastructure.

The council also closed an alley at the request of Mario Hernandez, representing Stripes. The alley was still platted in the land records even though the school auditorium and other structures were built over it.

“The alley was mentioned (in 1968) but it was not closed,” said Callie Shreckengost, city secretary.

During the Refugio ISD meeting in January, the board voted to sell the property to Stripes for $11,000.

“Stripes will assume all responsibility and costs for demolishing the structure,” said Jack Gaskins, superintendent Wednesday morning. “In short, we sold them the land.”

The school will retain ownership of the playground area across Second Street.

Stripes purchased the highway frontage for its new store which opened last year.

The council also agreed to postpone the purchase of two new vehicles in order to use the funds for the employee raise. The council conducted a workshop prior to the meeting to iron out details concerning the raise.

“The raise will be given now and the employees will not get another raise until the 2013 budget,” said Frank Hosey, councilman. “Department heads were excluded from the raise.”

Councilman Ron Nelson said all police officers are also entitled to the $2 raise.

James Kress, midstream engineer with EOG Resources, asked the council to extend water lines to the sand plant on the north side of town. He said two offices on the site employ eight to 10 people at the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, Hector Castenada and Jose DeLeon, engineers with LNV Engineering, said the current water system may not support the additional usage. Currently a new water well is planned to be drilled this summer. In addition, a new ground water storage tank will be added.

A storage tank that was installed a few years ago turned blue while it was still under warranty. However, scientific testing revealed that the water had been over chlorinated, which compromised the coating in the tank. The council settled with the tank manufacturers for $12,000.

The engineers said rehabilitating the tank could cost more than a new galvanized tank. Castenada and DeLeon said the work should be completed by June.

The council tentatively approved the line extension to EOG at the completion of the new well and tank and bring the item back up for review as contracts are awarded and specific dates can be pinpointed.
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