City remains in Stage 1 water conservation plan

During the City Manager's report given by Eddie Brown at Tuesday's city commission meeting, it was noted that the city will stay in Stage 1 of the Water Conservation/Drought Contingency Plan.The recommendation was given by Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, who conducts regular reviews. Stage 1 does not require conservation and is only voluntary.Brown explained that during this time of year, the water usage tends to drop. On average, around 2 million gallons of water are used on a daily basis.He added that when the city implements the higher degree of stages, revenue is impacted in a negative manner. Thus, Stage 1 will remain in effect and citizens are encouraged to voluntarily conserve water.In addition, the city was represented at the 47th annual meeting of the West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG), which took place on November 7 at the Abilene Civic Center. Jim McKenzie, city commissioner for Precinct 2, was elected as secretary/treasurer for the new year.Furthermore, it was reported that city staff is preparing for the financial statement audit for the fiscal year ending on September 30. The goal is for the city to once again obtain the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.