WU Council Meets Tonight

April 27, 2015

The West University Place City Council will meet in an executive session this evening at 5:45 p.m., to discuss pending real estate transactions between the city and West University Baptist Church.

The city and the church have been involving in negotiations for several months over the possible transfer of city-owned land on Milton St. for church-owned land on Amherst St. The discussions involve the church’s desire to build a new Youth Center, on land now owned by the city at 3826 Milton St. That is the current site of the West U Public Works Maintenance Facility.

The city is interested in owning church property on Amherst, as part of a long-range Master Plan for Municipal Facilities. That plan envisions a so-called “Super Block” that would be located between University, Auden, Amherst and College Streets.

The council is tentatively scheduled to meet next week, to consider issuing $3,050,000 in certificates of obligation to finance the move of the Public Works maintenance facilities to city-owned property on Dincans St., as well as other costs associated with the potential real estate deal.

During its regular 6:30 p.m. meeting, the council will consider final reading of an ordinance that would raise water rates in West U by 1.4 percent monthly. The council has already given preliminary approval to the water rate hike, which would raise the rate for homeowners who use 12,000 gallons per month by $1.32.

The water rate increase is a result of a 4.4 percent increase in water costs from the city of Houston. The city of West U is required to purchase 50 percent of its water from the city of Houston, under the rules of the Harris-Galveston County Subsidence District.

The council also will consider a couple of proclamations during its Consent Agenda.

Those include:

*A proclamation declaring May 2015 as Water Safety Month in West U.

*A proclamation declaring May 3, 2015 as Lemonade Day in West University Place.