The Ropesville City Council met recently and took action on items related to financial issues within the City and discussed a shortage of employees in the city.
The council took action to close multiple credit cards and decided to go with one centralized card. Mayor Chris Bratcher said the city is trying to get its money back from some former employees. Hockley County District Attorney Chris Dennis said a local law enforcement officer is currently investigating a case considered a possible misappropriation of funds.
It was also pointed out the the city will have to get a loan to make improvements to the city wastewater treatment facility. The improvements, which could cost $20,000 would include the use of crushed rock around three ponds to reduce erosion. The city must also agree to pump effluent water on farmland according to the Mayor. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has found Ropesville to be in violation of wastewater standards. It was also noted the city must find a way to reduce the amount of fluoride in its drinking water.
The city council also discussed higher water rates. The discussion of higher rates is the beginning of trying to get things fixed, said Mayor Chris Bratcher. He went on to say “it will not be pleasant, we can’t keep living on loans.