Kerrville’s city council Tuesday will once again take up the matter of evaluating City Attorney Mike Hayes’ work performance and agreeing on a contract with him.

Those items are on the agenda for the regular session, which starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Kerrville City Hall, 701 Main St.

Any reports or actions will likely follow an executive session, which is also on the agenda and is routine for personnel and legal matters.

After a special meeting on Oct. 20, which was mostly spent behind closed doors, the council unanimously voted to hire an outside attorney to suggest wording to iron-out changes in Hayes’ contract to which the council and city attorney had agreed in principle.

If there are any sticking points regarding Hayes’ work performance, they have not been made public by council members or speakers at council meetings. All comments made by citizens at council meetings since September have been in Hayes’ favor.

In other business on Tuesday’s agenda, council members are slated to receive a consultant’s design report to help them decide which method the city will use to reduce trihalomethane (TTHM) in the water supply.

Freese and Nichols Inc. was hired to help bring the city into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standards. This work included comparing the start-up and operating costs of two possible engineering solutions — an alternative disinfection process using chloramines or installing granular activated carbon filters at the treatment plant.

During a workshop meeting last month, the council heard that the chloramines method was cheaper, but the water did not taste as good as that treated with the more expensive carbon filter system.

The council is also scheduled to consider a proposed agreement with Kerr County for around-the-clock animal control services in the city by county staff. In return, Kerr County residents living outside Kerrville would have free use of Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.

The county stopped giving money to the city for the library five years ago, and the city started charging non-Kerrville users an annual fee, now at $65 per person.

 

Sniffen, John. “City attorney contract on council agenda Tuesday.” Kerrville Daily Times, 13 Nov. 2017, dailytimes.com/news/article_971be38e-c87e-11e7-9e2c-e3ae8bf3095d.html.