Council Directs City Manager to Reduce Splash Pad Output
Keeping Water Usage under CAP, Imperative to Avoid Price Increases
Adjustments to one of the more popular city services highlighted the Council agenda. The splash pad in Central Park, a prodigious consumer of water, was adjusted to assist Murphy’s residents in keeping water usage under a CAP and avoid price increases. Council also made proclamations for the Lupus Foundation and Public Workers. Also on the agenda was the juvenile curfew, ethics form updates and an official records archiving decision.
May 18 was proclaimed Put on Purple Day by Mayor Scott Bradley, as presented by Mayor Pro Tem Jennifer Berthiaume to Maggie Targinos of the Lupus Foundation, Lone Star Chapter. Lupus is a difficult to diagnose disease that affects 1.5 million Americans. Diagnosis is difficult because of the similarity of symptoms to other illnesses. The Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter is working to raise awareness and funds for research to close major gaps in understanding the consequences of the disease.
A second proclamation recognized May 20-26, 2018, as National Public Works Week. Tim Rogers, Public Services Director, received the Proclamation recognizing, “Public works professionals who are engineers, managers and employees are responsible for rebuilding, improving and protecting our nation’s transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens.”
Council held the second public hearing to consider Ordinance Number 18-05-1087 renewing the juvenile curfew ordinance for an additional three years. Council then passed the ordinance.
Passage of Resolution # 18-R-877 authorized the City Manager to execute a scope of services in the amount of $31,500 with Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. for the design work related to the construction of a concrete trail at Timbers Nature Preserve Park. Crushed limestone and decomposed granite trails have proved insufficiently resistant against severe rain events. Consultants have determined concrete will be in the best management practice, reducing costs and a reduction in the erosion of the drainage basin.
The City Manager, at the direction of Council, will reduce the use of the splash pad at Central Park in Murphy's water conservation efforts to assist with staying under the current water consumption CAP (1,404,755,000 gallons) as set by North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). Details on the CAP were recently published on the city’s website to educate the citizens on conservation in an effort to keep lower water prices. Once the CAP is breached, it is an irreversible price hike. The output of the splash pad in 2017 was more than 19 million gallons of water. By reducing the number of zones active per 10-minute cycle, the water output will be reduced by 42%. The projected reduced output, until the CAP resets in July, is 531,560 gallons of water.
Council approved an updated Ethics Review Commission complaint form. The Ethics Board had requested an update to make the process easier for citizens to understand. The new forms explaining the process will be available on the city website. Council directed the City Secretary not to include power point presentations related to meeting agenda items in the official record of Council meetings. Instead of archiving the digital content in an official record for context, transparency and posterity, Council opted to have the City Secretary update the digital agenda packets with the presentations which are kept for five years.