Aside from myself and city officials, only one person was in attendance at the October Robinson City Council meeting which took place on Monday, October 3. All city council members with the exception of April Riddle were in attendance. The meeting took slightly over an hour to complete.
First up on the agenda for the evening was discussion of and vote to authorize public notification of the intention to issue certificate of obligation which would raise $10 million for water treatment purposes. The matter passed unanimously and hearings will be held on October 14 and 21.
The council voted unanimously to make some slight changes to the drought contingency plan after observing the effectiveness of it during the previous drought ridden year. Changes include a new stage which will allow more control over water distribution which will restrict usage based on a resident’s address and implements the ability to temporarily raise rates in order to encourage rationing. Drought stages will also now have the ability to be combined should the need arise to take steps from a higher stage without necessarily fully implementing the entire stage. The amount of treated water on hand will also be raised. Should the need arise city officials can implement stage seven of the plan which would severely restrict usage by businesses.
The City of Robinson has been using Economist.com to help plan for many areas including water and sewage. The council voted unanimously to retain the website’s services.
City officials are getting ready to purchase new copiers and have narrowed their contractor down to CTWP. However, in order to get the best deal it was required approving an interlocal agreement between the Region 4 Education Service Center, which sponsors the Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) and the City of Robinson. Joining the network came at no cost and the new copiers should be delivered by the end of October and are slated to come in under budget. The council voted unanimously to approve this measure.
Due to the recent series of water line breaks and ensuing boil order notices, the city council felt the need to take a look at the current system and determine if there needed to be some changes made to the system. The procedure now in place includes someone from the water department going out to check to break and observe if a boil order notice needs to be issued, if a notice is necessary city council members are contacted and the city’s public information department then contacts all media outlets to notify which residents are affected by the order, and the police department has a robo-call system which dials the numbers of affected residents to let them know of the situation.
City officials want to let all residents know that in order to be included in this robo-call that a working phone number must be supplied to the water department. Residents can call or come in person to city hall and update their contact information. There will also be a booth at the upcoming Robinson Festival where residents can update their information as well.
In closing the meeting a handful of updates were announced including the near completing of repairs on East Rocket Rd and Wildwood Trail. Repairs on Karon will take longer than expected due to issues with groundwater as maintenance workers lay new water pipe. Once the pipe work has been completed the road will then be finished. This is not expected to be done until sometime next year.
Also announced is a potential agreement with Baylor University to allow students to conduct studies for the City of Robinson on a number of projects in which they will receive credit for as part of class projects.