Council moves forward with water, sewer projects

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The Sealy City Council decided last week to implement water and wastewater impact fees on new development.

Consultants are completing an impact fee study which will be presented at a future meeting. The amount of the fee is up to the discretion of the council and based on the scope of the project.

The council on Oct. 23 also discussed land use assumptions and the city’s capital improvement plan.

A copy of the report is available for public review at City Secretary Dayl Cooksey’s office.

Representatives from Strand Associates engineering firm provided during the Oct. 23 meeting aerial diagrams of five proposed water and sewer line extension projects complete with cost assessment. Those slides are available at sealynews.com.

Proposed projects include:

• Extension along Interstate 10 - $4.6 million

• Extension along F.M. 3538 - $2.2 million for sewer; $874,590 for water

• Extension along Highway 36 South - $668,709 for sewer; $369,795 for water

• Extension along Highway 36 North - $1.5 million for sewer; $926,170 for water

• Extension along F.M. 2187 - $3.4 million for sewer; $3.4 million for water

Council members clarified the boundary lines of the different projects but generally were supportive of the plans and anxious to move forward.

Councilman Larry Koy pointed out that impact fees would not be assessed to members of the public – even those who live in the areas where water and sewer line extensions are proposed.

“This would be passed on to any development or developers that come in,” he said. “They use X amount of water and X amount of sewer and there’s a formula … to help defer the cost for the city of Sealy.”

The process does not lock down city officials to a certain timing or prioritization of projects, said the consultant from Strand Associates.

In other matters during the Oct. 23 meeting, the city council:

• Tabled an item regarding a change order with LEM Construction Company regarding a construction contract with 2.0 MGPD Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• Received the monthly financial report from Director of Finance Steven Kutra.

• Unanimously appointed Denyce Treybig to the city’s Planning Commission.

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