City approves amended water agreements

The City of Borger has approved amendments to water pricing agreements with two local companies.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borger City Council approved amendments to water pricing agreements with Sid Richardson Carbon Company and Degussa Engineered Carbons.Under the terms of the Sid Richardson agreement, both the company and city agree that the price of water delivered under their contract will be $1.62 per 1,000 gallons and will remain so until the end of this year.The agreement with Degussa Engineered Carbons states that the company and city agree that the price of water delivered will be $1.41 per 1,000 and will remain so until the end of the year.Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said that while the agreements are different, each includes a rate adjustment clause which expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The request of staff was that the rate for each agreement be adjusted according to the agreement terms, and that the term of each agreement be extended until the end of 2012.The annual revenue from all of these agreements is approximately $730,000, and is included in the City of Borger’s operating budget.In other business, the council approved action on the purchase of a Volvo BL70-B machine from Associated Supply. James Harder, Utilities Director for the City of Borger, said the current utility department backhoes are 20 years old and need to be replaced. The city received two bids from Associated Supply and one from Yellowhouse Machinery. The bids from Associated Supply were for the Volvo machine totaling $74,975 and a Case machine totaling $94,800. The bid from Yellowhouse Machinery was for a John Deere machine totaling $96,595.69.Harder said the Volvo machine had not only the lowest bid price, but the city has already tried one out and has spoken with other owners. He said it appeared to be the most advantageous package for the city.The council also approved the introduction of an ordinance amending an article on sewer service.Back in November, Harder said an investigator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality conducted an inspection to evaluate the city’s compliance with pretreatment regulations.Some inconsistencies within Chapter 13 of the City Ordinances pertaining to wastewater were discovered. He said these were minor, but need to be corrected.Expenditures for the first half of January were approved in addition to meeting minutes for the first January meeting.Council members attending the meeting were Charles Gillingham, Bubba Dickson, Leon DeWeese, Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Vinyard, and Mayor Jeff Brain.