Ballí told the council during its Dec. 11 meeting that the 2009 emergency plan needs some changes.
With Lake Corpus Christi standing at only 15.9 percent of its capacity, the city faces a possibility of losing access to its surface water supply if the drought continues.
Stephen Grunewald of Urban Engineering said Beeville’s emergency plan mirrors Corpus Christi’s. But City Manager Deborah Ballí and consultant John Valls believe Beeville should be ahead of Corpus Christi in the effort to save water resources.
The council was told that blending the city’s wells with surface water from Lake Corpus Christi would not be feasible because of the poor quality of that well water.
Grunewald said Beeville needs to develop a backup source of water and that effort should begin soon.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Enter into an agreement with Sprint for cellular phone service for the city and Beeville Police Department.
Sprint representative Dominic Montalvo said the company can provide better service and save the city about $500 a month.
— Approve a $7,000 annual pay increase for City Attorney Frank Warner.
Warner had served as city attorney since 1990, providing legal counsel for the city and working as the prosecutor for municipal court. He had not had a pay increase in those 22 years.
— Authorize the city to pay American Electric Power $5,232.45 for connecting a new trash compactor at the equipment yard, 220 S. Jackson St.
— Gave Ballí permission to have financial adviser Victor Quiroga of Southwest Securities meet with members of the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board to consider refinancing the corporation’s recent $3.5 million bond sale.
Quiroga looked at all of Beeville’s bond sales and determined that the park improvement bond issue sold by the BEIC would be the best one for refinancing.
Taking that action could save the BEIC $18,702.
— Approve the Beeville Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation for the location of Grove at Blueberry Hills development.
— Contract with Motion Industries for the repair of a gear box at the city’s wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $8,106.18.
In her report to the council, Ballí said that the BEIC will provide the funds to have security cameras installed at Flournoy Park, following some serious vandalism at the new restrooms there.
She also reported on the city’s codification of ordinances and on an effort to file proper legal documents to protect the city’s right of eminent domain.