Murphy Council Gives Grant Money, Gets Grant Money, Receives Annual Audit Review
Council heard an agenda with a little bit of everything on it Tuesday night at city hall. Waste water, an audit review, two different grants and trail solutions were all considered. Ordinance Number 18-03-1082 was authorized for issuance of “City of Murphy, Texas Tax and Waterworks and Sewer System (Limited Pledge) Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2018.”
On November 15, 2016, City Council appointed seven citizens to serve on a Capital Projects Advisory Committee (CPAC). After extensive review of the numerous capital needs in the City, CPAC’s work culminated in two recommendations, one of which was to authorize the issuance of $5.2 million in Certificates of Obligation (CO) for water and wastewater capital improvement projects. The addition of a lateral launching camera system, costs of issuance and rounding brought the total to $5.7 million.
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 was presented by Karen L. Montgomery, CPA, Finance Director and John Manning, CPA, Partner, Pattillo, Brown & Hill, L.L.P. According to city staff, “The audit must be filed in the City Secretary’s office by March 31, 2018 in accordance with state law. Upon City Council acceptance of the FY17 CAFR, the auditors will sign the opinion letter and the CAFR will be filed with the City Secretary. The City will also submit an application to the Government Finance Officers Association, along with the FY17 CAFR, for consideration of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is an award the City of Murphy has earned for thirteen years.”
The Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation was awarded a Community Enhancement Grant award. The Murphy Chamber Scholarship Foundation awards grants annually to Murphy graduates and teachers. Student scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,500 per student. Teacher scholarships are awarded in the amount of $500 per teacher. The Murphy Chamber Scholarship Foundation was awarded $2,000 for four teacher grants. The funds will be awarded to two high school teachers and two elementary/middle school teachers. Four teachers received grants in 2017 with funds awarded in 2016.
Bailey Ragsdale, Co-Chair Keep Murphy Beautiful, spoke to council about an $180,000 award that was presented to Keep Murphy Beautiful at the 2017 Keep Texas Beautiful conference. The Governors Community Achievement Award (GCAA) grant dollars are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. Council referred the matter to the Parks and Recreation board for their consideration of the option. The board has 60 days to return a recommendation. The current options being considered are a landscape amenity sign at the north entrance of Murphy Central Park on N. Murphy Road, a landscape amenity sign on W. FM 544 at Heritage Pkwy entering Murphy, or replace traditional irrigation with drip irrigation along FM 544.
Council passed Resolution Number 18-R-870 authorizing the City Manager to execute a General Services Agreement and Scope of Services with Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. for work associated with capital improvement projects.
Finally, Council decided to move forward with a concrete trail for replacement of the soft surface trail at Timbers Nature Preserve Park due to damage sustained during recent rain storms. Three major rain events in the last three years made keeping the softer surfaces cost prohibitive.