Council to Consider Slight Water Rate Hike

April 11, 2015

The West U City Council will hold a special workshop meeting Monday at 5:45 p.m., for an executive session regarding the ongoing real estate negotiations with West University Baptist Church, before their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The council is then expected to give preliminary consideration to an ordinance providing for a slight increase in water rates in the city of West University Place.

The 1.4 percent rate increase for water, to be considered by the council, would raise the bill for a customer who uses 12,000 gallons of water by $1.32 per month.

The rate increase is necessary, because the city of Houston has increased its rates for water sold to West U by 4.4 percent each month. The city of West U is required to purchase 50 percent of its  water from the city of Houston, in order to comply with regulations of the Harris-Galveston County Subsidence District.

The water rate increase in West U, if approved by the council, would take effect June 1.

The city staff also is requesting that the council change their regular meeting dates in May, from the second and fourth Mondays, to the first and third Mondays.

In order to meet the requirement for Council approval on business regarding the sale of Certificates of Obligation, City Council will be holding a special meeting on May 4th. The council is scheduled to consider the issuance of $3 million in certificates of obligation on that date, in order to finance the move of the Public Works Maintenance Facility from Milton St. to Dincans St., and costs associated with real estate transactions with West U Baptist.

Therefore, staff is recommending that the regular meeting of May 11th be moved and held in conjunction with the special May meeting.

In addition, due to the Memorial Day holiday, as well as to allow for canvassing the results of the 2015 General Election within the required timeframe, staff is recommending that the regular meeting of May 25th be moved to May 18th.

The council also is scheduled to consider two resolutions: one proclaiming April 13, 2015 as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Day and a second resolution recognizing May 2015 as Older Americans and Volunteers month.