City Council Approves Nearly Million Dollar Water Storage Tank

Water supply infrastructure is getting a bit more expensive in Lampasas as engineers and city staff attempt to balance out water pressure in the western part of town and loop lines to the northern areas.

One of the problems has been the shortage of pressure coming from the Nix Road water tank. Originally it was thought that the Nix tank could be raised to create more pressure, but more study showed that it would be better to build a new tank at a higher elevation. That brought the plan to build a new and bigger tank in the FM 580W Sports Park, which itself is at a higher elevation.

Last night Council members agreed to pay HDR Engineering, Inc. a fee of $192,400 to do the engineering plans that would lead to the construction and erection of a new tank that would hold 200,000 gallons and would likely cost some $900,000 or more when installed at the Sports Park site.

Mayor Christian Toups was absent from the meeting. It was presided over by Mayor Pro-tem Misty Talbert.

In other business the Council agreed to officially purchase the $143 thousand pre-fab bathroom for the Turner Field baseball park and direct the City Manager to begin negotiation for mechanical, electrical and plumbing for the Old City Hall project. They also approved a wine tasting event for the City Library in March and to pay a Kerrville company $59,450 to paint the walk bridges over Sulphur Creek in the Brook Park area.

The City’s sign ordinance once again came into question as the Benny Boyd CDJ dealership wanted to put a lighted sign on their new service department entrance area. The City’s Building Official and ordinance enforcement man, Brayan Ellis, had found the proposal as going outside the bounds of the ordinance, but told the Council that the ordinance was too narrow in this case. The Council cautiously agreed to allow a variance, with only T.J. Monroe voting against the measure.

In the City Manager’s report, Finley deGraffenried asked for the Council’s blessing on an attempt to get a collection station set up whereby citizens might, in some way, be able to dump excess trash on an on-demand basis. Council appeared to be in favor of such a project and deGraffenried is expected to continue on the project.

Lampasas Radio will discuss these and other subjects with the City Manager on Wednesday morning when he appears at 8:30am with Ronnie Witcher.