Sewer line project completed

Thanks in part to a state grant, the sewer line of Neff Street in Sweetwater has been fixed and the project is completed.At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday, September 11, action was taken regarding the 2011 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Sewer Project. John Voller, with Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, was at the meeting to present the resolution for the acceptance of the recently-completed project.The resolution was read at the meeting, with city staff praising the work on the project. Plans are also in place for the city to seal coat the area sometime next summer.Also approved were the close-out documents for the project, which included final quantities change order or adjustment to the contract to "as-built" quantities. The project, funded through the Texas Department of Agriculture, ended up costing around $304,531.Enprotec was discussed later again as part of Eddie Brown's City Manager's report, sharing that the assessment made by Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd--on the water availability for surface water and groundwater--recommends that the city continue implementing the Stage 1 drought contingency plan. The situation is examined quarterly, and Brown stated that conservation efforts are going well throughout the city.Other action taken during the meeting was approval given to pay the full rate to Texas Municipal Retirement System beginning on January 1, 2013, which will be the second year to pay the full rate.The commission also authorized the City Manager to cast a ballot in the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees' election, as his vote is on behalf of the commission. Approval was also given for the meetings held on August 14, 21 and 28.Also part of Brown's report, the city will be hosting Leadership Sweetwater at the next meeting on October 9. The civic group will attend the meeting and then take part in a tour of the city and its facilities, which will be led by city staff.