Magnolia City Council members met Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss and take action on various items.
Here are five takeaways from the March 13 meeting:
1.The city approved several actions regarding the city’s water and sewer rates. The city approved an ordinance to amend the fee schedule, set new rates for water and wastewater services, and declared an effective date, which will start with the April billing cycle, officials said. Rates will be adjusted for commercial, multi-family, institutional, nonprofit, tax exempt and irrigation accounts. Residential rates will be adjusted later this year. The council also approved requiring an annual review of water and wastewater rates. The city last increased its water and sewer rates in 2005.
2. Community member Jacob Lamm will construct a military flag display at Unity Park for his Eagle Scout Project, which was approved by the council on Tuesday. Lamm is a junior high school student and said he plans to join the U.S. Navy. He said he hopes to finish the project by the Fourth of July holiday. No city funds will be used for the project. However, Lamm is selling memento bricks that will be featured on the display.
3. Community member Ben Nunn proposed creating a Little Free Library, a global nonprofit organization, for his Eagle Scout Project, which was approved by city council. The display will allow kids to pick up or drop off books for free. Nunn said there are many Little Free Library locations in Houston but none in Magnolia. He said he hopes he inspires children to read and learn. He said he also plans to create a reading corner with a bench and flowers inside the Malcolm Purvis LIbrary in Magnolia.
4. The city unanimously approved Jones|Carter Inc. to research available funding sources for regional water and wastewater projects, such as projects to expand the city’s capacity.
5. The city will hire a part-time tourism and visitor center attendant, according to an action by council members Tuesday. This role will help with marketing efforts for the city and work in partnership with The Depot, officials said.