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Wichita Falls City Council Meeting

The Wichita Falls City Council met on Tuesday morning to discuss a number of items on the agenda.

One of the items was the Water Reuse Project.  Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said they began pumping the water to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant on January 8th.  Now they are waiting for an approval letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to go ahead with the water verification testing.  Schreiber explained they should have a response by no later than January 27th.

Schreiber said if they get approval, they will have 45 days to complete the testing.  This will cost approximately $300,000.  To conduct the water verification test, they will have to use 90-million gallons of lake water.  Once the testing is complete, they will have 30 days to compile a report to present to the City of Wichita Falls and to TCEQ. 

He also explained they have requested for TCEQ to be present when they begin the testing.  They want to make sure they have everything in place and that they are collecting the data correctly.  If everything goes as planned, Schreiber said they hope to have the water into the distribution system by May.

They also discussed and approved for the city manager to amend the lease agreement with the Air Force to give the city another 3.47 acres for the new regional airport terminal’s commercial apron.

The Director of Aviation John Burress, explained to councilors that the slab was about 70 percent complete and that the steel is going up.  The reason it’s taken longer than expected was because of the colder temperatures.  High winds also make it difficult.  Burress hopes to have the roof up by April.  When asked if the project was on schedule, Burress said they were a little behind, but crews said they should be able to catch up once the steel is up and the concrete slab is done.

Councilors also approved the purchase of eight ¾ ton pickup trucks from Wichita Falls Ford-Lincoln.  The price tag for the vehicles just over $160,000, but it was under their budget.  They also passed and approved a leave extension request by a police officer, and the application process to continue in the Texas Tax Abatement Program.

Mayor Glenn Barham also proclaimed the month of January as Crime Stoppers Month in Wichita Falls.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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