City Council weighs alternate water source
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Matthew Girard
The Belton City Council is looking to alternate water sources in case of an emergency.
During Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting at the Harris Community Center, the council received a report from Central Texas Water Supply General Manager Lee Kelley Jr. about a proposed transmission line from Stillhouse Hollow Lake across the southern portion of Belton.
In February, the CTWS Board of Directors unanimously voted to assign 100 acre feet of Option Water in Stillhouse to the City of Belton.
Kelley proposed a 20-inch line from Shanklin Road to Amity Road, with 8-inch lines serving 12-15 customers along Goodway Drive.
"The key objective here is having an alternate water supply through Stillhouse Hollow for future planning and emergency purposes," City Manager Sam Listi said. "This provides us the opportunity to restore the 100 acre feet and provide a delivery system of treated water. It's not going to be a major water supply for us, but this is a complimentary feature that does create what appears to be a win-win for Central Texas Water Supply and the City of Belton."
In other business, the council received a presentation from the Belton African American Churches United regarding consideration of renaming a street in the rememberance of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr.
Program Chairperson Rev. Dr. William M. Hill gave the group's recommendation of 2nd Avenue to receive the name change.
Mayor Jim Covington assured Hill and others in attendance that the council is working on the re-naming of a street and would get back to the BAACU with a proposed location.
Belton's current Medical Director Dr. Robert Greenberg also introduced Dr. Stephen McConnell as the city's new medical director, effective in July. McConnell will also be the medical director for the Belton Fire Department.
Prior to the council's regular business, Covington handed out two proclamations. The first was in honor of National Police Week (May 13-19) and the second was in honor of National Salvation Army Week (May 14-20).