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Council to consider $38 million for CRMWD water

The Odessa City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution authorizing a $38 million proposal to pay for Colorado River Municipal Water District improvements to Ward County well fields.

The proposal, favored by Mayor David Turner, seeks to provide additional water for Odessans should the Texas drought dry lakes users of the utility rely on. Turner has said he wants to see the Ward County well fields increase their production from 45 million gallons of water per day to 65 million gallons per day.

The Ward County water is ground water. As it stands,Odessa, like Big Spring and Snyder, gets its water from the O.H. Ivie Reservoir, the E.V. Spence Reservoir and Lake J.B. Thomas.

CRMWD General Manager John Grant has discussed other options for securing a better water supply, including a ramp up of the Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility and a plan called “aquifer storage and recovery,” which involved injecting surface water into the ground through wells to protect it from evaporation.

“The biggest water user we have in West Texas is evaporation,” Grant said recently.

The Odessa City Council will consider the resolution tofund the Ward County well field project behind closed doors. It is one of two items they will discuss in a scheduled executive session.

The other is a plan to purchase lots 7, 8 and 9 in block47 of original town for about $350,000, plus about $1,000 of related expenses.

Related: CRMWD considers brackish water for Odessa.

IN OTHER BUSINESS:

>>The council will consider an incentive agreement with Cinergy Cinemas, considering a new theater off Highway 191, east of Faudree Road. The theater company was concerned their $20 million investment in the area would not receive incentives if they failed to supply 100 jobs. The company and city officials agreed pending council approval, on a plan to reduce incentive by 50 percent for between 80 and 89 jobs or by 25 percent for between 90 and 99 jobs. Plans call for a roughly 90,000 square foot building on 12.9 acres at the Shops of Mission.

>>The council will present certificates of election to newly elected officials. Barbara Graff, Michael Gardner and Filberto Gonzales will take their oaths of office as council members.

–The council will consider approving council minutes for Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

–The council will consider final approval of a request of Pecos Valley Ltd. to rezone about 1.13 acres on the southwest corner of E. 52nd St. and Tanglewood Lane from retail to planned development retail-one. That would allow them to build an auto dealership.

–The council will consider a resolution approving just one meeting in December.

–The council will consider a lease agreement with Representative Brooks Landgraf of District 81 for an office in Municipal Plaza. The council will also consider a resolution a lease extension of office space at 411 W. Eighth Street for the area’s Unites States Congressional Representative, currently Mike Conaway.

–The council will consider approving more than $126,000 to pay for replacing wires and installing a stabilizer pipe at the Pool Road tower.

–The council will consider approving more than $41,000 to six data terminals for Animal Control vehicles.

–The council will approve financial reports for September and October.

–The council will consider awarding a bid of more than $2.4 million to THB Construction to the first phase of improvements to the East Channel Drainage Basin.

–The council will open a public hearing to consider approving a request of Texas Tierra III Ltd., the owner of Verizon Wireless, to build a 75-foot antenna northeast of the intersection of North John Ben Shepperd Parkway and Oakwood Drive.

–The council will consider board appointments to the finance committee.

Contact Nathaniel Miller on twitter at @OAgovernment, on Facebook at OA Nathaniel Miller or call 432-333-7769 

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