City meeting includes various reports

Sweetwater City Manager Eddie Brown gave his report during the December meeting of the City Commission, outlining a variety of issues and upcoming projects.Due in part to available capital improvement funds, planning is underway for work to be done at the Sweetwater Police Station. A contract was recently signed by the city with Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects, P.C.In addition, the city recently filed the required Document of Eminent Domain Authority in Texas with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. This was filed prior to the December 31 deadline and is in compliance with Senate Bill 18.Regarding water matters, the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) suspended surface water rights in the Brazos River Basin, though municipal rights are excluded. The city is not impacted by this decision, but it is proof of the severity of the drought.And due to the low levels, the pump barge has been placed at Oak Creek Lake so that water can be pumped into the intake tower as necessary.Brown also noted that he and Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham recently met with Senator Robert Duncan's staff along with State Representative Susan King and her staff on the Bitter Creek Water Supply Corporation's $7.5 million loan application with the Texas Water Development Board.The hope is that a hearing will be held in order for the city to present information on the issue.It was also reported that the sales tax revenues for October and November are down from this time last year by $312,681.67, which is expected from last year's CREZ line work. However, the numbers are up from 2010 by $9,742.22.The figures make up total sales tax revenues, with 75% going to the city and the remaining quarter going to SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development).Also concerning SEED, the city is currently in talks with their staff in regards to funding assistance for the Lamar Street water and wastewater relocations for the street's reconstruction project. The item will be considered by the SEED board at their January 7, 2013 meeting and by the city commissioners the following day on Tuesday, January 8. The City Commission will also open and consider bids on this issue at the January 2013 meeting.Also on the January 2013 agenda is consideration of a zoning issue for Devon Energy on the Bradford Lane property, to change the area from an E-1 (multi-residential) to K (industrial).