Taste of Sweetwater announced at city meeting

The date for this year's Taste of Sweetwater has been set, as announced by City Manager Eddie Brown during his report at Tuesday's city commission meeting.The event will be held on Monday, April 14 at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex, which shows the restaurant availability within Sweetwater. Proceeds from the Taste of Sweetwater benefit the local Senior Nutrition Activities Program, or SNAP.Also in the report, the Atmos Steering Committee of Cities--in which Sweetwater is a part of the group--will be reviewing the rate increase filed by Atmos Energy under the rider RRM-Rate Review Mechanism tariff. While the RRM is used to be more negotiable, there is a possibility that the total increase could lead to an average monthly increase of $2.02 for residential customers. In addition, Sweetwater has joined a group of cities to monitor the transition of water and sewer economic regulation from the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) to the PUC (Public Utilities Commission). The transfer of regulations to the PUC could include issues such as rate cases, studies and increases.City staff has also submitted an application to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for 2015 cycle funding under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The filing allows for the city to have their name considered, in which funds could help improve the water treatment plant.Furthermore, city staff will conduct a table top exercise for the three Dam Emergency Action Plans on March 25 at the water treatment plant with several other agencies, which is required every five years by statute. It was also noted that the recent dam inspections would be available for the commissioners, which offered a good report with no problems.Additionally, city staff has been working on packets for the 2014-2015 budget, which will be distributed. A budget retreat will be held after the city election in order to review needs and hear requests.Brown also shared that two new city vehicles had arrived, in which the commissioners saw the new animal services vehicle and one of the two new Tahoes being used by the Sweetwater Police Department.