Metropolis council to think about donating property to OC

The Odessa Metropolis Council on Tuesday will think about approving a request to donate a plot of downtown land to Odessa Faculty, in order that the school can start engaged on a $1.5 million section one plan to create extra greenspace and landscaping downtown and assemble a stage space for neighborhood concert events and occasions.

The requested property is the previous web site of the Odessa American positioned at Fourth Avenue and Jackson Avenue.

In keeping with the proposed contract settlement between the town and OC, the school’s section one plans additionally embrace development of a neighborhood backyard, meals truck parking, splashpad areas, a pet space, outside seating and free Wi-Fi.

Metropolis Supervisor Michael Marrero and Odessa Faculty President Gregory Williams have mentioned the mission would assist draw extra folks downtown, particularly youthful households.

If council approves the land donation, the school might have the mission’s first section “up in 12-18 months,” Williams has beforehand informed council.

The second section, would come with development of a brand new three-story faculty constructing that might home the school’s entrepreneurial lessons, Williams has mentioned. The brand new facility would additionally home a enterprise incubator the place college students might launch new companies.
Council on Tuesday will even think about a proposed code modification that might enable county property homeowners to have their property annexed into the town with a view to obtain metropolis providers.

Metropolis Planning Director Randy Brinlee mentioned the amended code would enable people and corporations to petition for annexation in order that they will obtain such metropolis providers as water and sewer, police, trash, and street administration.

Solely homeowners of property positioned in an Ector County Help District would have the ability to apply for annexation, in line with paperwork offered by metropolis’s authorized division.

Below the proposed ordinance change, a property proprietor will first be required to submit an software to the county requesting the annexation. That call can be made by the Commissioners Courtroom.

Council should additionally vote a second, a ultimate time with a view to formally approve a 2 ½ % fee hike for water, sewer and sanitation. The speed will increase will take impact in October.

The typical Odessa family will see a .52 cent improve of their month-to-month stable waste payments, Assistant Metropolis Supervisor of Administrative Affairs Cindy Muncy mentioned. Residents who stay in flats, or cell properties will see a .27 cent improve. Small companies will see a $2 monthly improve.

The typical family will see their sewer charges improve by .53 cents monthly, and residents who use 2,000 gallons, or much less monthly will see their payments go up by .32 cents monthly, Muncy mentioned.

Water customers will even see a 2 ½ % improve of their payments, with customers of 5,000 gallons monthly seeing their payments go up by $1.92, and charges for residents who use 2,000 gallons will improve by $1.32. Qualifying senior residents 65 years or older can pay $1 per 2,000 gallons.

The speed will increase is not going to be used to repay a $95 million certificates of obligation that council in August accredited to pay for the rehabilitation of the town’s water remedy plant, Muncy reassured council throughout their Sept. 21 work session.

“The speed will increase are wanted to cowl inflation, gear prices and a rise in worker salaries,” Muncy mentioned.

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