City drafting plan for $1.50 fee

Utility bill increase would benefit parks

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin on Tuesday directed city staff to prepare a draft ordinance for a $1.50 utility bill fee to fund a parks and recreation project fund.

With roughly 6,000 utility accounts, the city stands to generate $9,000 per month to benefit the parks and recreation project fund.

McLaughlin’s directives followed a discussion on park planning and improvements.

Once prepared, McLaughlin proposed a series of meetings to garner public input on both the parks and recreation project fund and the possibility of paying an estimated $20,000 to hire a consultant to prepare a parks and recreation plan.

A formal parks and recreation plan is required in order to access state grant money. According to the city, the consultant would solicit public input by way of public meetings, surveys and social media. Previous suggestions include a splash pad, additions to the existing walking trail, and new playground equipment.

The consultant would be tasked with prioritizing projects based on popularity among staff, council and the public, but not with writing grant applications.


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