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Victoria addresses Mayfair Terrace flooding problem

By Brian Cuaron
Oct. 2, 2011 at 5:02 a.m.


OTHER COUNCIL ACTION

Victoria City Council members are expected to vote on whether to grant a tax incentive for a new hotel group. The agreement calls for Victoria Affiliates to build a $10 million, 107-room Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel at 6705 Zac Lentz Parkway.

The agreement will give Victoria Affiliates Hotel Occupancy Tax funding over 20 quarterly installment periods of up to $600,000. The agreement will also require that the hotel provide blocks of room for the city to attract group events. The hotel will give the tenants a 20 percent discount.

The hotel will also give the city or the Victoria Economic Development Corp. two complimentary "VIP" rooms per month. Councilman Joe Truman said the agreement was nice because it didn't come out of taxpayers' pockets. And he said the rooms won't be used for personal use, but for guests to the city.

Council is also expected to vote on whether to grant a tax incentive agreement to Gulf States Investment Corp. for a 240-unit apartment complex.

IF YOU GO

What: Regular Victoria City Council meeting.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 107 W. Juan Linn St., council chamber

Some Victoria residents will get their flooding problem addressed during the next two years as the city replaces sewage lines.

Last year, Mayfair Terrace II residents complained to Councilman Gabriel Soliz about waters flooding their homes from the inside out. During the rains, water would come into residents' homes via their toilets and bathtubs, Soliz said.

Pete Garza, who met with Soliz over the issue, said waters also flooded in the streets, coming through his front door and above his knees in May 2010.

The Victoria City Council is scheduled to receive a sanitary-sewer study report on the subdivision when it meets Tuesday.

The report will show that leaks on the city's and residents' sides of the sewer lines was the cause of the flooding, said Lynn Short, director of public works.

Defective manholes and pipes resulted in the infiltration of water, according to the report.

In a bit of good news for residents, Victoria has budgeted $1.77 million this fiscal year to replace or fix damaged storm sewer pipes and manhole covers, Short said.

Half the work will be done this year, while the rest will be done in fiscal-year 2013, which may cost about another $1.77 million, Short said.

Soliz said he was trying to schedule a town hall meeting to let people know what is coming, especially the street construction that goes with fixing pipes.

He wanted to see if some residents may be interested in helping each other with labor in fixing or replacing pipes on their side.

Providing good drainage was a basic responsibility of local government, Soliz said.

"We pay taxes just like everyone else," Garza said.

TAX ABATEMENT VOTE

Council members also are scheduled to vote on whether to terminate a tax abatement plan.

In 2006, the city granted a tax abatement to Tyco Plastics, a subsidiary of Covalence Specialty Materials Corp. Berry Plastics later acquired Covalence Speciality. The agreement required Tyco to employ 290 full-time employees.

The agreement also required that Tyco expand its existing facility by investing at least $6.33 million.

However, Berry Plastics told the city in early 2011 that its full-time work force at the plant had fallen below that number. The city gave Berry Plastics in May 60 days to get its full-time work force back to 290 employees, but the company has yet to do so.

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