City remains in Stage 1 of Drought Contingency Plan

Sweetwater will remain in Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan, as reported at the May City Commission meeting during the City Manager's Report.Following the water availability assessment performed by Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, the determination to remain in the first stage--which is voluntary--was made. As the summer months progress, Stage II drought conditions will be considered.Although it was noted that Oak Creek is also at 18% capacity--the same percentage as Lake Sweetwater, there is some optimism regarding water through the Hunter Well Field. The six wells should be on line by the end of June and will produce between 750,000 to 900,000 gallons per day.In addition, a report was given on the WASP museum lease discussions and problems with the FAA's (Federal Aviation Administration) deed restrictions applicable to the property. The city is working with the two entities as well as the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to come up with amendments that will satisfy the USDA. But while the city wants to release the rights, they are restricted on what they can do and will work to protect the municipal airport. As they continue to work toward a solution, the hope is to not spend public city funds during the process.Also, a Commission Budget workshop will be held on May 27, 2014 at the Water Treatment Plant on Hillsdale Road and begin at 8:00 a.m. A review of the budget will take place, in order to make the commissioners aware of the basic needs for the future while getting some guidance from the commissioners.Updates were also given on two current projects taking place within Sweetwater. The water main project on East Broadway is anticipating a mid-August completion and is working with the businesses in the area as work continues, conducting work after the businesses are closed if necessary.Furthermore, support beams have been established as construction at the new police station continues, while structural beams are expected to be up this week. The onsite construction manager was praised for his work, and an updated timeline on the project is expected to be presented at the budget workshop.