Sherman to use well water next week

During Monday evening’s Sherman City Council meeting, Mayor Cary Wacker announced the city’s water treatment plant will be taken offline for one week beginning Monday, March 11.

The treatment plant will be taken out of service to allow an inspection and routine pipeline modifications to be done.

“During this week, the entire city will be supplied with water from the city’s well system,” Wacker said. “We have done this in past years as well and it’s gone very smoothly.”

The treatment plant is expected to be back in operation on March 18.

Wacker also invited the community to celebrate Police Chief Tom Watt’s impending retirement from the Sherman Police Department on Friday, March 15.

“The city’s police chief will be retiring after 31 years of service, so there will be a reception held here in the Council chambers (of city hall) beginning at 11 a.m. that day,” Wacker said. “We invite our community to come and celebrate with us as we will be honoring him.”

The mayor’s final announcement of the meeting concerned the city’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling event.

“That is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., here at city hall on March 23rd,” Wacker said. “There will be a line that queues up here on the east side of the building. We ask citizens to bring their most recent water bill for proof of residency so they can participate in this free service.”

The Council approved a resolution to amend the 2012-2013 budget for reconciliation of year-end expenditures. The budget amendment covers the city’s $400,000 portion of the one mile north relocation expense for the existing southbound U.S. Highway 75 exit ramp onto F.M. 1417. The city previously entered into an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation. Payment of $400,000 to TxDOT was then approved for that agreement. The city has a separate agreement with the Sherman Economic Development Corp. and the developer of the land to provide the $400,000 for the project.

The budget amendment also appropriates funds for legal and fleet expenses, as well as money awarded to Sherman from SPD drug enforcement activities.

An abatement of ad valorem property taxes approved at the Feb. 4 City Council meeting was rescinded at the applicant’s request and a new abatement agreement was authorized for the construction of a single-family residence at a neighboring property in the 1900 block of East Alma Avenue. Site plan approval was also granted for the requested construction of two modular loading docks for the FedEx Ground facility in the Blalock Industrial Park.