City eyes years of capital projects
Several city staff members were on hand at the July 2 Fredericksburg City Council budget hearing to present Phase 1 of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan.
Phase 1 outlined the current and possible future projects for water/wastewater, police, fire/emergency management, street and parks departments.
A presentation of Phase 2 of the Capital Improvement Plan will take place during the next city council meeting on Monday, July 16. That presentation will include drainage, EMS, information technology, electric, sanitation and the golf course departments.
The Capital Improvement Plan highlighted the city’s requirements for the next 20 years in a total amount of $293,307,267.
The projects presented included water line replacement, street and guardrail repairs, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park improvements, equipment upgrades for the police department and updating emergency vehicles.
Atmos rate increase
Atmos Energy Corporation is seeking another rate increase this year.
Residential customers stand to see nearly a five percent increase, while commercial customers would experience a decrease of about 1.35 percent.
“The total increase is about $4.5 million. That is for all the cities that are a part of Atmos Texas Municipalities (ATM) — a total of 50 cities,” City Manager Kent Myers said.
Myers then presented a recommendation for a resolution proposed by attorneys for ATM that would suspend the rate increase for 90 days to allow the city attorney to evaluate the rate request.
Council member Jerry Luckenbach questioned the reasoning behind an increase in residential rates versus commercial rates. Myers said those answers would be available within the next couple of months. Council member Tom Musselman echoed Luckenbach’s concerns.
“I think it’s hard to visualize what the dollar amount change will be to the different customers and different levels they’re on and we aren’t really seeing how much it impacts them,” Mayor Linda Langherhans said.
The council unanimously approved the recommendation for a 90-day extension, pending the attorney’s review.
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