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City hires attorney to consult on plant

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013

As it continues to work toward a new sewer system, the Paradise City Council Monday hired Russell & Rodriguez as utility attorneys to guide the city’s next steps.

The motion to engage the Georgetown firm “to assist in providing additional information on the wastewater treatment plant” came after a one-hour closed session of the council’s regular meeting.

“We’re looking at getting into the sewer business, and we need some guidance,” Mayor Sam Starr said, emphasizing the preliminary status of the entire process. “We still need the land; we still need to work on the financing part of it. The school will be involved as well so we’ll need to work with them. It’s all very preliminary.”

The motion passed 4-1 with Councilman Brad Largent casting the dissenting vote.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • enthusiastically approved erecting a 195-foot, self-supporting communication tower in the 100 block of Bluebonnet that would improve cell phone service in the area. “Our company leases out space to all carriers,” said Steve Woody with ERS Telecom Properties. “This tower is designed to carry three or four more carriers depending on how much equipment each puts up. We already have a lease agreement with AT&T.”

Woody added that although the tower is expected to be built at the end of September, it doesn’t necessarily mean cell phone service would improve immediately. “Sometimes they’re chomping at the bit to get on it right as we’re building it; other times they lag three or four months – it all depends on their workload,” Woody said. “If the tower goes up and your phones don’t get better right off the bat, it’s probably because [the carriers] haven’t installed the equipment, or turned it on.”

  • OK’d a zoning request to change 20.43 acres in the F.S. Sepulvedo Survey from agricultural to commercial/multi-family. According to staff, developers plan to build apartments on one side and develop commercially on the other, where a Dollar General is slated to open “pretty quickly.” The tract of land is located along Texas 114 on the east side of town.
  • authorized Jamie Cook, president of the Paradise Youth Recreation Association, to accept a donation from Crisp Industries Inc. to gravel an area of Leone Park to create more parking between the outfield and the property line in exchange for use of the ball fields on Sunday. “I’m guessing it will double, maybe triple the parking,” Cook said. “That has been my ultimate goal since becoming president – create more parking. That seems to be the biggest problem.”
  • granted a request by Dr. Brian Carpenter to extend a water line to his property, which is outside city limits, on the conditions that he pay for its construction from the tap to his house and that he maintains it.
  • approved the annual consumer confidence report on the city’s water to submit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
  • OK’d the June meeting minutes and financial reports.

Paradise City Hall will be closed the rest of the week while the city secretary is on vacation. Regular business hours resume Monday, July 22.

A second budget workshop is 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at City Hall.

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