(Orange, Texas)

September 27, 2012

Pinehurst moves forward on water/sewer improvements

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

PINEHURST — Improving water and sewer lines will continue in Pinehurst.

The city council approved a resolution for submitting an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the FY2012/2013 Community Development Building Grant (CDBG). 

It will take a year to determine if the city will qualify for the grant. The city would need to have matching funds of $27,500 for the grant if approved.

Submitting the application cost the city $0. 

The grant is available every two years through the Department of Agriculture. 

The next step of the process will be a notice in the paper stating the intent of applying for the grant.

A preconstruction meeting could possibly be held next week on the 2012 CDBG grant.

The council adopted an ordinance setting the total property tax rate at $0.69904/$100 value for the tax year 2012. The same rate as last year.

“We will have a leaner budget,” City Administrator Joe Parkhurst said. “But that is because our evaluations are down.”

The council also approved a 2% cost of living raise for all full-time  and appointed employees to be effective first paycheck, October 8, of the new fiscal year.

“It is the most we could work into the budget,” Parkhurst said. “We did not want to raise taxes.”

Dan Barclay, mayor pro-tem, said that in checking other sources the average was 2%.

“So we are staying where we ought to be,” Barclay said.

Parkhurst also gave an update on the street resurfacing project.

“We were told it will start on Monday,” Parkhurst said. “Also, we were told we will still be able to have one mile done during the summer.”

The county experienced delays, including weather delays, which placed the department behind schedule.

The funds are in the current budget but will be moved to reserves for the new fiscal year to cover the costs.