Leadership Sweetwater class attends city meeting

The City of Sweetwater recently earned two awards, which was announced during Tuesday's meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission.City Manager Eddie Brown reported that for the 29th year, the city received the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2012 fiscal year. Recognition was given to the city's finance department for their work in attaining the award.Additionally, the city was awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Gold Member award for meeting a high level of local government transparency on the city's website, www.cityofsweetwatertx.com. The finance and administration departments, headed by Patty Torres and Kelli Ferguson, respectively, were commended in their work for garnering the award.Also during the meeting, approval was given to adopt an ordinance approving a negotiated resolution between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corporation in regards to the company's annual rate review. Sweetwater is one of over 160 cities in the state who are part of the steering committee, who negotiated the rate increase with Atmos from $22 million down to $16 million. As a result, the average residential bill will see an increase of 74 cents per month.The second and final reading of an ordinance amending the 2014 budget was approved as well. The first reading took place at last month's meeting, which adds a replacement position to the Sweetwater Fire Department due to serious injuries sustained by firefighter Nick Barton, which prohibit him from returning to work for some time.Furthermore, approval was given to the quarterly investment report for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, which was reviewed by City Secretary Patty Torres. The minutes for the meeting held September 10 were additionally approved.