Henrietta City Aldermen accepted a bid from Wichita Contractors for improvements at the Wichita Lift Station during Monday night’s council meeting, pending approval by the Texas Water Development Board.
The lift station is one of several projects included in a $3.25 million remodel of the city’s water treatment facilities. Wichita Contractors submitted a bid of $85,157 for the project. It was one of three bids reviewed.
The Wichita Lift Station, located on West Omega Street, near the city limits of Henrietta, is part of the city’s wastewater treatment facility, delivering sewage to the north plant.
City Administrator Kelley Bloodworth reported that replacement of the raw water line, from the Little Wichita River to the city reservoir, has been completed and is now in use. Construction has begun on two clear wells at the water treatment facility, adjacent to the reservoir.
The city’s water supply is in good shape through the end of the year. During construction of the raw water line, Henrietta requested its fourth release from Lake arrowhead this year, and has used 690 of the 1,568 acre-feet available. Lake Arrowhead is holding steady at 43.9 percent capacity.
Aldermen approved a tax abatement agreement with Montz Pecan Company for property on the Hwy. 287 south access road near Clayton Road. Montz Pecan will begin construction of a gift shop and fuel station one the property early next year, an estimated investment of $950,000.
The five-year agreement will abate 100 percent of city property tax the first year. The company will pay property taxes on the facility at an increase of 20 percent each year until the full amount is reached. Montz Pecan applied for the abatement through the Henrietta Growth Corporation.
Aldermen appointed Don Davis to fill an HGC Board of Directors seat soon to be vacated by Lori Riggins. Billy Carton and Scott Clayton were appointed to serve new terms.
Two lots located in an undeveloped area of the Barrett Addition of Henrietta were approved for purchase by the Henrietta Boy Scouts for $100. The lots have not been on the tax roll since about 1894, according to the Clay County Tax Appraisal District. The scouts are seeking purchase of three additional lots for construction of a meeting place. The lots were part of a donation of land to the scouts, but deed work showed that the lots did not belong to the donor.
Bloodworth said further research is needed before the last three lots can be sold. Clay County and the Henrietta ISD have already approved the purchase.
The city will move forward with a letter to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts affirming its authorization by the state to exercise eminent domain. Bloodworth said recent legislation requires the filing to avoid losing the right.