The Olney City Council officially welcomed Chris Garcia as a new member and approved an annual amendment to the city’s water contract with Wichita Falls on Monday, Oct. 14.
Garcia was appointed last Monday to fill the City Council position vacated by Wanda Stroud, who resigned from her post effective Oct. 1 for personal reasons. He recited the oath of office before officially taking the seat Monday night.
On the agenda was consideration and approval of the 17th amendment to Olney’s water purchase contract with Wichita Falls. City Administrator Danny Parker said Wichita Falls will review the rates it charges to customers who use Lake Kickapoo water, and asks those entities to approve rate adjustments as requested. This year, Wichita Falls is seeking an increase from .1914 cents per 1,000 gallons to .2471 cents per 1,000 gallons. Though higher, Parker said that increase is still below the rate charged to the city of Olney just two years ago.
“I believe, before we dropped to .1914, we were at .26 or .27 cents,” Parker said.
Council members approved the requested contract amendment, which will be good until the next rate study is performed in or around October 2014.
The city’s water contract with Wichita Falls will come up for renewal in April 2014.
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