In the first Cleburne City Council meeting since Dec. 13, the council will consider approving resolutions dealing with water and emergency repairs to a sanitary sewer line costing about $50,000.

In the first resolution, the council will consider a contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. for services to modify the city’s drought contingency and water conservation plan.

Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said due to the drought conditions in the area and the increased issuance of fire hydrant meters in the city, it has become apparent that there needs to be more control over bulk water consumption.

Schreiber said the current plan does not specifically address either item and must be modified to give the city the ability to regulate fire hydrant meters and possible wholesale water contracts.

The second item, Schreiber said, is that a 21-inch sewer line which services the industrial park was found leaking into East Buffalo Creek during routine maintenance of the channel.

The leak was in a section of line that crosses the creek channel in a concrete encasement.

Due to the location, the amount of flow in the line and potential environmental and public health impacts, there was not adequate time to go through the design and bidding process which would normally be required for a project of this size, Schreiber said.

Venus Construction was contracted since it performed the same type of repair on the same line in 2004, Schreiber said.

The repairs have been completed at a cost of about $50,000.

In other action, the council will consider:

F Approving a resolution to purchase a replacement drive unit at the water treatment plant for $36,800.

F Approving a resolution to hire Freese and Nichols Inc. for the city’s wastewater treatment plant permit renewal.

F Approving a resolution to fund an agreement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments for participation in the Vision North Texas Program Phase 2.

City Manager Chester Nolen said the program explores different growth patterns in order to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution and to increase water conservation and water quality.

Cleburne’s contribution would be $1,687 for nine months and $2,250 for fiscal 2007.

F Approving a resolution for the proposed Cleburne Villas Apartments at 1648 W. Henderson St. Property owner Larry Willis must re-submit his state application for affordable-housing and is asking the council for a resolution supporting the project.

F Approving an ordinance extending until March 15 the franchise granted to Atmos Energy Corp. to own, operate and maintain a gas distribution system inside the city.

F Approving rezoning 103, 105 and 107 Atlantic St. from light industrial to single-family dwelling/HUD code manufactured house, requested by Warehouse, 413 Ministries, represented by Michael Holland.

F Amending the comprehensive land use plan and thoroughfare plan of the city to re-route Vaughn Road so it connects with the proposed Texas 121 highway.

Rob Fraser can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2336, or

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