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City approves FELPS’ 2-percent rate hike
FLORESVILLE -- Customers who receive electricity from the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) will see bills increase by an average of 2 percent, following the Floresville City Council’s unanimous decision July 16. The utility had asked for a 3-percent increase.
“FELPS would like to thank the Floresville City Council for their guidance, diligence, and ultimately, approval of this project,” FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke said after the meeting. “We felt it was very important to modernize the FELPS rate structure, which had been in place since the 1980s. While no one wants to experience a rate increase, we felt it was necessary to allow FELPS to offset the continually rising costs of things like materials, supplies, insurance premiums, vehicle, fuel, and other daily business expenses. The future is bright for FELPS and this is a positive step in the right direction.”
Also during the lengthy meeting, the council renewed its agreement with Deason Animal Hospital Inc. related to its humane destruction of certain animals. The city now will pay $30 per visit for the first animal, with $15 for each additional animal taken for euthanasia by the hospital’s personnel. Previously, they paid $20 for the first animal and $10 for each additional.
The council also is looking ahead toward the 2015 fiscal year, as City Manager Henrietta Turner presented a proposed budget-workshop calendar. Turner plans to introduce a proposed budget Thursday, July 24, with the first two workshops set for July 29 and 31. Adoption of the budget is set for the Sept. 11 regular council meeting.
In other business, the council voted to:
•Waive permit fees associated with the relocation of the Floresville Chamber of Commerce’s Tourist and Visitor Center, which will be moved from its current location near the intersection of U.S. 181 and Standish (S.H. 97 East) streets to Railroad Street east of U.S. 181
•Waive sewer-line connection fees for 1852 Sunnyside Road, due to mistakes the city made in the installation of the original line
•Approve a 216-square-foot variance for a manufactured home to be placed at 929 Second St.
•Approve the replat of a 2.238-acre plat on one of the lots at the Walmart Supercenter addition, which would allow the property owner to reroute an existing public-drainage easement to increase the lot’s developable area.
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