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Council agrees to sell multiple properties

by Dolores Hamilton
The city will advertise for sealed bids on five residential city-owned lots and hold a live auction for two city-owned commercial properties.

The sale of lots was approved by the city council after meeting in closed session Monday. Two of the lots are located on E. Washington, and the others on N. Hawthorne, W. Jefferson, and E. Emerald.

The commercial lots to be sold in a live auction are on E. Jefferson and South FM 368.

In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing a change order for the wastewater aeration system improvements.

Contractor for the project is Parker Electrical Contracting. The owner, Clay Parker, told the council he has not received timely responses from the proposed vender for the automatic vertical bar screen and had explored other options. He found a bar screen that is superior to the one proposed, and capable of covering both influent channels as opposed to one. This units costs $26,000 more than the proposed unit, but $10,000 less than the two units which would perform the same work. In addition, Parker said the company has provided better customer service and the long term maintenance costs would be reduced.

City Manager Jerry Flemming told of a leak in the 16-inch Cypress Water Line near the intersection of Kell West Blvd. and Barnett Road in Wichita Falls. He said workers were able to reverse water through the one-way valve to back fill water from ground storage into the Cypress line to provide low volume low pressure water to Horseshoe Bend Estates until the repairs were completed.

City council members will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Prestyn for a planning session.