Councilmembers authorized City Manager Jerry Blaisdell to execute an agreement with Freese and Nichols, Inc. to update the city parcel data and billing information with the Storm Water Utility System at a cost not to exceed $307,067. Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes said the parcels for new residential and commercial areas are easy to determine but some areas of town, including the downtown area and some parts of Fort Worth Highway, aren’t as cut and dried because in many cases plats were never filed there.
“If I can’t determine the property line it could result in some issues on what area belongs to whom and cost more time on the project,” Hughes said. “We want to make sure the billing system is correct when we do this.”
Billing for the storm water utility, which will begin in January is expected to bring in around $600,000 the first year. Hughes said it should take about six months to work out all the issues.
“We will implement the residential and commercial areas as we know them and bill them accordingly,” Hughes said. “We will adjust as we need to and find out more information.”
Hughes also stated that renters will be assessed the same $3 a month residential fee as homeowners. The fee will be included with the monthly utility bill.
The contract monies will be taken out of the General Fund budget and put into the storm water utility fund and repaid as monies from the storm water utility fee begin coming in.