Sherman has lined up a new project that will make use of funds from the city’s recently established stormwater utility fee.

The Sherman City Council recently approved a request to permit city staff to advertise for bids for the first phase of a drainage project in the Setting Suns Estates neighborhood on the city’s west side.

“This is a project that we’ve been looking at for a while, talking with the citizens in the subdivision,” Director of Engineering Clint Philpott said. “This is actually our first construction project that we’re going to use funding from the stormwater program.”

The stormwater utility fee collects $1 per month on city utility bills from customers with one equivalent residential unit, which works out to 3,400 square feet of impervious area. Customers with less than that amount of impervious area on their property pay less than $1 and those with more pay per equivalent residential unit that they have on their property. City staff have estimated the fee will bring in $458,000 per year for infrastructure projects.

Philpott said residents have a history of drainage problems in the neighborhood, which was annexed into Sherman in 1986. The planned drainage project is expected to reduce the possibility of flooding in the area through construction and proper design.

“We’re going to do this project in phases,” Philpott said. “The first phase involves a flume down the center of the subdivision and then future phases will involve some culvert crossings and some ditch repair work.”

A map of the subdivision included with documents for the council shows the flume, which is a channel designed to drain water from the area, is expected to run north-south between West Seminole Drive and West Park Ave behind the houses on the east side of South Cimmaron Trail and on the west side of Tejas Drive.

City staff said the cost to advertise for bids for the project is expected to cost the city under $500. The council approved the request unanimously.