The Brownfield City Council approved changes to an ordinance Thursday morning that will allow a city utilities customer outside the city limits for the first time.
Tex-Mex Drilling, a Seminole-based company, has purchased the former Eddins Walcher facility just west of the city limits and is currently remodeling the building into a laundry/recreation room and preparing the land for 40 RV (Recreational Vehicle) spots with full hookups.
Additional expansion could see as many as 80 spots, according to company representative Kyle Freeman, who addressed the council last month.
The company requested at that time that the city sell civic water supply at premium rates to the location, which to date, has never been done.
The council unanimously approved the ordinance change to facilitate the new construction.
The city’s water meter will be placed at the city limits and all piping and equipment from that point to the westward location will be at the expense of the property owners.
The city will charge as much as double its current rate to residents and businesses residing within the city limits.
In the ordinance change, the premium rate will be tied to the city’s set rate and will increase or decrease accordingly.
The change allows for additional customers outside the city limits as well. They would be required to submit an application for consideration by the council on a case-by-case basis.
Company officials told the council a water well would not suffice to serve as many RV spaces as are planned and would require additional environmental controls.
The company is investing approximately $500,000 into the RV park, which the owners believe will be necessary to handle increased traffic caused by future oilfield service workers migrating to the area.
Spaces will be rented at monthly rates, weekly or nightly, he said.
The city water will be used for consumption and in the laundry.
City Manager Eldon Jobe told the council any water pressure issues beyond the city’s meter would be the responsibility of the rate payers.
“As long as we have the right pressure in our pipe, the rest is up to them,” he said.
Freeman said his company’s goal is to provide the city with a nice new facility that will help the community handle the expected influx of workers in the future.
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Councilman Jack Pinson said he wants to make the project happen and believes it would be an asset to the city.
In other business, the council approved changes to an inter-governmental agreement with Terry County for maintenance of local parks.
Since the city took over maintenance of the parks several years ago, the county has paid its share at a rate of .03 cents per $100 of Terry County’s valuation.
At the onset of the agreement, that amounted to roughly $75,000 according to Jobe.
With rising values based largely on sharp increases in mineral values, the county’s assessed share last year was almost $500,000.
“The county wants to set up a flat fee of $300,000 so they know what to budget instead of guessing what values might be,” Jobe said. “This way it won’t fluctuate.”
Jobe proposed a five-year contract at the $300,000 rate, but several on the council thought that was too long between renewals and requested to look at it again in three years.
“We’ve done a lot with this Halliburton deal and other things that are really going to benefit the county,” Pinson said. “I think they stand to gain a lot and we’ve done them a big favor. I’d like to reconsider this before five years passes by.”
The council approved the inter-local agreement at the three-year interval and will present it to the County for their consideration.
Council members present were Sheryll Lindsey, Tom Hesse, Rod Bearden, Geronimo Gonzales, Judy Besler and Pinson.
Absent were Cynthia Morin and Mayor Bob Simpson.