The Sherman City Council will discuss the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget and the proposed stormwater utility fee during its meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.
The council discussed options for the stormwater utility fee during its budget workshop last month as a way to address capital project needs related to runoff from significant storms. It didn’t come to an agreement on what that fee should be and subsequently a majority of the council members expressed opposition to the stormwater utility fee. During interviews last month, three of the council’s seven members said they were planning to vote against the monthly fee being levied on residents, two members said they were not in favor of the fee at that point and two others expressed support for it.
At the council’s request, city staff will present options of what projects could be accomplished with different fees at Monday’s meeting. The council is then expected to give a formal direction on the fee during the meeting.
“I’m going to be completely opposed to the stormwater fee,” council member Shawn Teamann said last month. “I can’t speak for everybody but the cost that’s going to burden on the taxpayers is just not something I’m willing to do.”
A $367,504.06 increase to the contract price for the West Canyon Creek Extension Project for work on the area’s stormwater drainage will also be considered by the council.
The council will also consider a contract with Freeman-Millican Inc. for the design of the city’s Wastewater Effluent Reuse facility and pipeline to the Blalock Industrial Park.
The construction phase of the Sherman Public Library Renovations Project is set to start after the council considers executing an agreement for the construction manager-at-risk contract with Schmoldt Construction Inc. The company’s fee for the CMAR services is estimated to be around $64,000, which would be 3.75 percent of the guaranteed maximum price of the work.
Among 13 public hearings scheduled for the meeting are ones on the planned annexation of 19.379 acres in Kings Ridge on Norwood Street, the action plan for the Program Year 2017 Community Development Block Grants and the creation of a Charter Review Commission in the city.
City staff is currently reviewing the city charter for needed amendments and the mayor will appoint council members to the commission for the same purpose. The committee’s recommendations will be presented to the council during its Aug. 7 meeting and an ordinance ordering an election would then be considered at the council’s Aug. 21 meeting.
The council will also consider appointments to the Keep Sherman Beautiful Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.