City Manager Deborah Ballí announced to the City Council last week that the city has turned on the water at that subdivision.
The area has been trying to get onto the city’s surface water system since the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality informed the owners of the Blueberry Hill Water Works that the well water being provided to residents there exceeded the state’s limit for arsenic.
The project has required the sale of bonds and construction of new pumping facilities.
The City Council was able to justify the improvements because the additional pumping equipment also has improved water pressures on the city’s extreme west side.
Water works owners have been installing new pipelines in the area and preparing to connect to the city’s 18-mile water line coming from the George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.
Ballí also announced to the council that the combined water levels at the Choke Canyon Reservoir and Lake Corpus Christi are at 77.3 percent.
Recent rains on the lakes’ watershed are expected to improve that situation.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Authorize the closing of several blocks of city streets on Oct. 20 for a 5K fun run during the Bee County Western Week Celebration.
— Approve the installation of a three-color LED lighted sign to be installed for the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department at the corner of North St. Mary’s and West Cleveland streets.
— Accept a letter of engagement from the auditing firm of Collier, Johnson & Woods for the city’s upcoming audit.
— Approve the establishment of a tax abatement for Ranch Hand, Inc. The company manufactures pickup and truck accessories and is hoping to expand its operation in Beeville.
— Adopt a property tax rate of 0.58105 per $100 of valuation for fiscal year 2012-13.
— Authorize additional work to be done on repairs of the wastewater paddle aerators at the city’s treatment plant at a cost of $27,346.
— Approve a line item adjustment to the sales tax revenue budget to pay a $14,500 bill from Allison, Bass & Associates for redistricting services.
— OK a $39,610 payment to HDR Engineering for work performed on a study of groundwater sources.
— Amend a personnel policy allowing only department heads to drive city-owned vehicles home and to authorize incentive pay for city employees who obtain commercial driver’s licenses, for obtaining certifications and licenses and for on-call pay.
— Approve 2012-13 budgets for hotel and motel tax funds, street maintenance funds and debt service expenses.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.