Water project is high priority

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Chico has received encouraging news in its attempt to improve the quality of its water supply.

Mayor J.D. Clark said the city has applied for a grant worth $275,000 for a municipal water filtration project and has been ranked number six out of 63 public entities in terms of priority. The Community Development Block Grant is provided through the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“They usually fund the top 14 or 15” in order of priority, Clark said.

Grant recipients will be announced in September.

In other business from last Tuesday’s meeting, the council modified the city’s agreement with Meals on Wheels to use the kitchen facility inside the community center to cook meals for homebound seniors. Currently, meals delivered to local seniors are prepared in south Fort Worth and driven to Denton and Wise counties.

Because a vendor is needed to prepare the meals, the council approved Valley Innovative Services of Fort Worth, the company currently preparing the meals. The vendor will operate a second location out of Chico and serve both Wise and Denton counties. Valley will pay the city $14,000 per year to use the facility based on the current amount of meals they prepare.

Clark said in addition to rental income the city will receive, the vendor will create three local jobs.

Valley is expected to begin operation in Chico July 1.

The council also approved an interlocal agreement with Precinct 2 for street improvements on North Hovey. Clark explained that the county already planned on paving the portion of North Hovey Street outside the city, and they will pave the whole street instead of stopping at the city limits.

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