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Date Posted: 18:42:45 08/21/17 Mon
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks City Council Meetings August 12 and August 15
August 12 Meeting: All members present.
The meeting started at 8:00am on a Saturday. It was billed as Strategic Planning and posted as a budget workshop, but turned into an 1 1/2 hour discussion of the water issues that made the news.
At the start of the meeting Marvin went into a lengthy discussion on how we got where we are which is our old rusty pipes. He also added that another major problem with out water system is it has a lot of dead heads. which means dirt and debris can consistently be trapped in certain areas of our city water pipes. Part of the master plan on re-doing our water lines will be to create a loop where there will be no dead heads in our water system. He also stated that once the new clarifier is up and running, which should take about three months, all our bad water reports should go away. The rest of the pipes will be done hopefully in three years. Although, in the past, it's been stated 3-5 years. Councilman Holland questioned about street repairs and how some street cannot wait 3-5 years,especially Roberts Cut Off and another street which I don't remember.
The mayor then turned on social on media, blaming it for all the bad press the city has received. He stated if the people only knew the facts they wouldn't have posted what they did. He said after talking to the lady who started all of this with the news media and presenting her all the facts, she changed her position on the issue. He also blasted the community for not being in attendance for this discussion about the water situation in our city. He stated that in the past you would have had to set up chairs out in the hallway for all the citizens who would have been here. The mayor then suggested seeing if the new librarian could make posts on certain social media sites or the city site to present the facts on these issues. Councilman Holland questioned if these people really care about our city why would they say such things?? Holland also pointed out the two worst things we have going in this city is mixed information coming out of city hall and no information coming out of city hall so it was confirmed that having one person to put out the facts would be a good idea.
It was now suppose to be time for budget discussions by department. Shirley Wheat was present representing the community center. She offered to table her presentation for another time since the meeting had already spent so much time on water concerns and she knew they had other budget issues that were far more important to discuss. So the next item was suppose to be the fire dept. but council chose to go into executive session rather than a presenting the budget items in an open forum. After waiting awhile for the executive session to end, I left.
August 15 City Council Meeting: The meeting started on time. All members present with the exception of Joe Ashton.
The only real item on the agenda was to take a vote for the proposed 2018 tax rate. Your previous tax rate was .79 the proposed new tax rate is .78 which would sound like a tax cut, but with Tarrant County raising the property values an average of 20%, it will be an increase. As a matter of fact, if they had left the tax rate at. 79 you would have been given the opportunity to vote on the roll back rate, which would have been .73. Council voted to approve the .78 increase of our taxes.
Just a minor point of discussion: The mayor offered a bit of good news: The 183 Corridor Project has had it's funding approved from Jacksboro Hwy all the way to I-30. Marvin then threw a little cold water on the good news: This new project won't even start for at least five years.
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