F’ville prepares to raise water rates
By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
farmersville – Farmersville residents are likely going to see a jump in their water rates later this year. The Farmersville City Council broached to topic at their, council meeting last week.
The City Council heard from Tom McCurdy of Quad Knopf, the City’s contracted engineering firm, about a water rate study. The study suggested that the rates be raised from $14 a month to $20 a month for a 1,550 cubic meters of water per household base.
“This increase is a bitter pill to swallow, but the rates have not been raised in years and the utility has run in the red for years,” McCurdy said. “A rate has to be adopted that would maintain the system in the way that it needs to be maintained.”
City Manager John Jansons added, “If rates are not increased then property tax or the general fund has to helpsustain it. A utility should pay for themselves. They do not generate a profit, but they should be self-sustaining.”
The public will have the opportunity to weigh in during the Proposition 218 hearing scheduled for June 26 at 7 p.m. Resident’s will have to write in their formal protest and 50% plus one of Farmersville property owners have to protest the increase in order for it fail.
Matt Hamilton from Quad Knopf discussed the future road project on the Visalia Road Project west of Farmersville Blvd. It was noticed that no breaks in the median were provided for vehicles exiting National Builders Supply and City Hall that want to head west on Visalia Road. The proposed solution would break up the median to add those exits. One deterrent to this option is that drivers travelling south on Steven will only be able to make a right turn onto Visalia Road. The council approved the changes with the option to discuss the issue of Steven at a later date.
The council also named Lucia Reyes to the Planning Commission.
“Having a civil engineering degree and being bilingual I think I can be an asset to the Planning Commission,” said Reyes. “I also appreciate the opportunity to give back to my community.”
Jansons also announced that Dale Wycoff, director of public works for the City will be retiring on June 30 after 30 years of service to the City.
“Dale has been a wonderful asset to the city,” said Jansons.
The City Library will hold its grand opening on April 22.