The Graham City Council discussed traffic changes, the Newcastle water contract and financing for the upcoming water system improvement project.

City council members discussed more changes to guide the flow of traffic along Cherry at Cypress Streets.
The lanes formed with paint and reflectors were put in to slow traffic, but they have largely been ignored.

Public Works Director David Casteel presented a different option to the council for northbound traffic which involved wider, higher stripes, less curve and a speed bump to direct traffic into the prescribed turn to slow down.

The City of Newcastle requested that the City of Graham allow the requirement for paying a minimum rate for water use be replaced by a pay-for-gallons-used system.

He added that Newcastle is the only Graham wholesale customer that's not on a straight use contract.
City council members approved the contract change.

Nick Bulaich of First Southwest presented council members with options regarding financing for the upcoming water system improvement project. The city is looking to finance an additional $12 million following the $2.5 million in bonds already in place for engineering, permitting and land acquisition.

The estimated cost increase to each 5,000-gallons-per-month water customer would be $4.63 with the open market loan versus $4.24 with Texas Water Development Board financing.

Casteel reported that plans will be ready to accept bids before the end of this year.

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To read the complete story, see the Aug. 4 edition of The Graham Leader.