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October 17, 2013

Council meeting highlighted by water, animals and a lively public meeting

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Turkey Peak’s location will also cause a 4.5-mile section of Farm-to-Market Road 4 to relocate north east to make room for the reservoir. The indication was that few homes would be effected by the construction of the new lake as well, which is set to begin in 2018 and will take two years to complete.

The project, which has been in its early stages for some time, will total around $71 million. For this reason, Choffel said it is important that they find a partner to help pay for the project.

He added it is important that people vote for Proposition 6 in the Nov. 5 election, because it will allow $2 billion to be transferred from the state’s rainy-day fund to the Texas Water Development Board. This would, in turn, provide low-interest loans for water projects included in the State Water Plan, such as Turkey Peak.

Public hearing

Tuesday night’s public hearing, resulting in the biggest local turnout in three months, was concerning an ordinance that would abandon a portion of N.W. 3rd Street that had not been paved by the city.

Council members initially unanimously approved the abandonment, before they decided to re-open the public hearing. They reopened the hearing because of a misunderstanding that caused many to be late because they thought the meeting began at 6:30 instead of 6 p.m.

The sentiment of the five neighbors who spoke and others in attendance who nearby, was that once the street was abandoned, they said one man planned to put in a development, which would not only ruin the view for those living on the hill, but also destroy the habitat of the wildlife residents enjoyed in the area.

Conversely, the man in question told city council he simply wanted to use the former street as a personal driveway.

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