April 13 declared Lillian Rose Day
KEMP– Kemp City Council members received an update on the water project by engineer Lynsy Nagle with Alan Plummer Associates.
The current plant was built in 1972 and will receive several updates including the pumps and valves, electrical feed, intake feeds and control.
“The water treatment package will be new. We are not taking something old and fixing it and putting it back out there,” Mayor Laura Peace said .
Currently, the plan is in the design phase and nothing can be done until the engineers complete this phase. The new system will be completed in phases, which is going to take a while before all parts are finished.
In May, the plan will be submitted to Regulatory Agencies for review and the advertisement phase is set to begin in August/September.
After the plant is built and is running perfectly, city council members would like to form a committee of citizens and/or residents to review water bills to see if those who don’t use much water can receive a lower water bill. The committee will make recommendations to the council on how to lower water bills.
The City of Kemp has been given a $4,144,000 loan on a 40-year term with a 2.75 percent interest as well as a $2,426,000 grant for the work on a water treatment plant. Expected completion is about two years from now.
“Your water quality will not change dramatically,” Nagle said. “Your will have a very functional and reliable system.”
In other news, council members:
• heard Lesley Rose receive a proclamation from Mayor Peace regarding Lillian Rose Day, April 13. Lillian is 108 years old and has eight children.
• proclamed April as Motorcycle Safety and Awarness Month.
• the mayor said she spoke with TxDOT regarding the pond at Highway 274 and 175 where two local women have passed away recently. TxDOT said they will take temporary measures and then work on permanent solutions. TxDOT says they will use lights and rumble strips to help with the problem.
• heard the city sirens will be installed somewhere around October.
• heard if the city recives the Block Grant, the money will be used for road work on Pearl St. between FM1391 and 11th St, 10th St. between Dallas and Still, South Commerce between 12th and 17th and Still St., between 11th and 9th.