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Dickens council approves water usage and rate changes, authorizes certificates of obligation

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Dickens City Council met in regular session on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Dickens City Hall.

Council members present were Mayor David Warren, Mayor Pro Tem Marie Mullins, Dillon Hale, Kevin Marshall and Stephen Hart; Jesus Zarate was absent. Linda Hotchco, Jeanie Little, Andy McAllister, Barbara Kautz, Romero Rodriquez, Dennis Shaw, Jean Shaw, Jimmie Kelsey, Inell Atkinson, CL Atkinson and Vince Viaille of Specialized Public Finance Inc. were present. Employees Jimmy Ashley, Becky Rodriguez and Lillian Atkinson were also present.

The meeting began with public comment. Barbara Kautz addressed the council about a city pickup being taken to a city employee’s home in Spur.

Jeanie Little addressed the council about the city pickups not having the city’s name displayed on them, expressed her opinion that the new rate changes are too high, and asked for clarification regarding the necessity of replacing the existing water tower and the $25 infrastructure fee. The mayor and council answered questions and explained changes.

Dillon Hale made a motion to set the minimum water usage to 1,000 gallons for citizens and to raise the water rate to $18.00 for customers inside the city limits. There are no changes to the rates for customers outside the city. Stephen Hart seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Dillon Hale made a motion to approve the ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Dickens, Texas, combination tax- and surplus-revenue certificates of obligation, series 2018, in the principal amount of $460,000 and awarding the sale of such certificates of obligation to the Texas Water Development Board. Mayor Pro Tem Mullins seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Pro Tem Mullins made a motion to approve the resolution approving the execution and delivery of a principal forgiveness agreement and resolving other matters relating to the subject. Dillon Hale seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Stephen Hart made a motion to increase the employee spending limit to $500. Mayor Pro Tem Mullins seconded, and the motion passed.

Dillon Hale made a motion to pay the bills as presented. Kevin Marshall seconded, and the motion passed.

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