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Council hears funding ideas from San Antonio engineers
by Gary Kent
Dec 12, 2012 | 1479 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Two engineers from the San Antonio offices of Freese and Nichols, Inc. told City Council members at their Tuesday, Nov. 27, meeting that they can assist the city in acquiring funding and planning for water and sewer projects.

Richard Kelley and Stephanie Griffin spoke on funding applications. Kelley said the company has offices throughout Texas and offers full service engineering for projects.

Griffin said that cities are more likely to obtain loans from government agencies than grants. However, she said the Texas Water Development Board does have a number of funding opportunities for municipalities.

Griffin said the Federal Emergency Management Agency also provides funds for storm runoff projects.

City Manager Deborah Ballí told the council that the city should soon begin planning water and sewer projects for the upcoming year and the company should be able to assist in obtaining funding and in planning those projects.

In other business that Tuesday, the council voted to:

— Approve several street closing requests for upcoming Christmas season celebrations.

The events will include a lighted float parade through downtown and the trucking in of 40,000 pounds of snow for youngsters to enjoy.

— Appoint Tax Increment Finance District board member Gilbert Herrera as the new chairman of that board.

— Approve the purchase of eight AR-15 rifles for the Beeville Police Department’s patrol cars.

— Appoint Gary Lofthouse as the city’s new finance director.

— Approve a $7,000 a year pay increase for City Attorney Frank Warner. He will be making $33,400 a year now.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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