City Council Meets Monday

The Lampasas City Council met Monday evening in workshop and regular sessions with Mayor Pro tem TJ Monroe sitting in for Mayor Misti Talbert.

Much of the Workshop session was taken up with a review and discussion of the design for a new Water/Wastewater building.  Antonio Naylor from Reliance Architecture presented 4 plans to the Council with options to mix-and-match features.  The plans ranged in costs from $500,000 up to $1,000,000.  With input from W/WW staff on hand, Council sought to maximize the air conditioned space, which would house the main work areas, laboratory, shower, and office areas; while giving up some of the shop bay spaces in the non air conditioned area. Naylor suggested it would be relatively inexpensive to add shop bays if needed in the future.  In the Regular session Council selected what was called a “hybrid design” with an estimated cost of $868,000 and authorized the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Reliance.

In Regular Session, Fire Chief Reece Oestreich presented a monthly report showing alarming increases in the number of fire calls, both structural and wildland, and the increasing toxic nature of the fires.  Also notable is the increase over the last year in medical call-outs (500%) and traffic accidents (96%).

In the City Manager’s report, Finley deGraffenreid noted the name change of Rollins-Brook Hospital to Advent-Health Rollins Brook, and the resistance to the state Sunset Commission’s consideration of closing the Lampasas DPS office.

Some other actions taken by Council in Regular Session included the approval of a Change Order request from Water/wastewater for the West Ave E extension that will add $26,800; approved an ordinance increasing the water/wastewater rate by $1.30 per 1,000 gallons; approved a fire safety ordinance increasing the requirements for fire barriers in the attics and for sprinkler systems in apartments of 4 units or more and they approved the replat of a lot in the Hackberry Addition on E. Avenue B.