The Greater Texoma Utility Authority ratified a plan to seek bids on replacement ultraviolet lamps at the Sherman Wastewater Treatment Plant at the authority’s regular meeting on Monday afternoon.

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority ratified a plan to seek bids on replacement ultraviolet lamps at the Sherman Wastewater Treatment Plant at the authority’s regular meeting on Monday afternoon.


"The city of Sherman’s Wastewater Treatment Plant utilizes UV disinfection as a part of the process," GTUA General Manager Drew Satterwhite said. "They’re in need of replacing some equipment. We’re ready to advertise for bids for that replacement starting in January, pending your approval."


As with every other motion on the table at the meeting, the Board unanimously approved the GTUA staff’s recommendation to approve the agenda item.


Satterwhite also explained a multifaceted project the Authority is managing to accommodate the Texas Department of Transportation’s plan to widen State Highway 121.


"TxDOT has requested that the GCMA (Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance) pipeline along 121 near Highway 5 be relocated," Satterwhite said. "They’re widening 121 from two lanes to four lanes in the area where we have our pipeline, so we’re being forced to move outside."


Satterwhite said the Authority has tentatively reached an agreement with TxDOT to pay for the pipeline adjustment: "We are working with TxDOT. The project needs to be completed by May 1 to ensure that the pipeline is not out of service."


GTUA Board President Donald Skelton presented a large stone plaque to GTUA Finance Officer Debi Atkins commemorating the Authority’s outstanding financial record.


"If you’ll observe the wall, Board members and guests, what we’re about to present is routine, but it is not something that all entities (like this) are able to achieve," Skelton said.


Skelton motioned to the wall full of similar plaques before handing Atkins the tablet and saying to her, "Now when you take this one from me today, be aware that it weighs about four times as much as the others. Don’t drop it on your foot.


"It’s a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting, presented to Debi and the GTUA from the Government Finance Officers Association.


"We’re delighted that you’ve achieved this level of excellence, we want you to have this certificate, and I’m sure it will be added to."


Skelton asked Administrative Assistant Carolyn Bennett to read a proclamation awarded to Consulting General Manager Jerry Chapman by the United States Department of Defense.


The proclamation from the United States Department of the Army reads, "Jerry W. Chapman is presented the Commander’s Award for Public Service. Mr. Jerry Chapman, general manager of the Greater Texoma Utility Authority, has been a valued partner of the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the past 33 years, helping to achieve countless undertakings and making priceless contributions for the betterment of the Lake Texoma area.


"Mr. Chapman’s vision, leadership, and personal initiative will have an enduring, positive impact for decades to come. Mr. Chapman’s public service lends great credit to himself, the Greater Texoma Utility Authority, and to the nation."