Engineer chosen for DWSRF water supply project

July 26, 2013

The Sweetwater City Commission met on Tuesday to take action on two contracts between Georgia-Pacific Gypsum and the City of Sweetwater. Approval was given for amendment number one of the water supply contract and the industrial district contract between the two entities.
The water supply contract is tied into the industrial district contract, in which the city has agreed to and accepted the terms. Thus, the execution of both contracts is to be simultaneous.
For the industrial district contract, the non-annexation agreement expired on June 30, 2013. The difference with this new contract is that the city has asked Georgia Pacific to exclude a 1,000-foot wide trip to allow the city to annex, which was accepted by Georgia-Pacific.
The latter contact will stand for seven years as noted by a city ordinance, which will expire on June 30, 2020. After receiving signatures from both contracts by Georgia-Pacific, Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham will sign the contracts.
Also during the meeting, approval was given to authorize City Manager Eddie Brown to negotiate an amendment to the existing lease agreement with WASP Museum to facilitate their USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) loan application.
Discussion has taken place with to learn more about the $3 million loan, and research has been done to determine how the agreement can be amended by examining the city constitution and state law. The city hopes to decipher the language so that the lease agreement can be changed.
Furthermore, a financial advisor, bond counsel and engineer for the 2013 emergency DWSRF (Drinking Water State Revolving Fund) water supply project.
Two responses were received by Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd for engineer and Southwest Securities for financial advisor. As the city staff wanted to take immediate action, the entities were both approved for their respective roles, while McCall, Parkhurst & Horton LLC will be the bond counsel.
The second and final reading of an ordinance was approved and thus adopted, amending Chapter 17 of the city's Code of Ordinances, by adding Article VII to Section 17-34 entitled "Metal Recycling Entities and Precious Metal Buyers". The amendment lists procedures, regulations and penalties for violating the ordinance.
In the public input portion, Brown stated that meetings will need to be scheduled in August in order to meet Truth-in-Taxation laws. He also informed the commissioners about the county's approval in amending the easements at the well field in order to connect the Hunter Well Field.
Chamber President Gil Cherry also spoke and explained that applications are currently being taken for the position of Executive Vice President for the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce now through the end of August. After reviewing the applications, the expectation is to have someone in that position no later than the end of September.

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