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San Augustine City Council exploring new utility meters, discussing tax abatement option for new Rudy's/McDonalds store

The City of San Augustine is looking to move forward with the purchase and installation of new electricity and water meters that can be read in house.


Mayor Leroy Hughes says the city council will learn more about the meters when Victor Guzman of WESCO Distribution is expected to make a power-point presentation at next month's meeting.


He said the meters would allow for a more precise "true-read", therefore a savings to both customers and the city. Mayor Hughes says the costs to San Augustine would be around $500,000, with a possible payment option.


The City of San Augustine is also looking to approve a tax abatement for the new Rudy's Truck Stop/McDonalds that is expected to open in late April/early May.


Mayor Hughes said West Barrett Street, on the north side of the property on Hwy. 96 north is in need of repaving, and the convenience store owner has said he would pay for a concrete surface job, some 240 feet, which would cost somewhere around $50-55,000.


Mayor Hughes said the city is looking at contributing $20,000 to the project (that's roughly the cost of an asphalt surface), and in return, the balance would be removed from Rudy's tax bill.


He added due to the roadway being used primarily by 18-wheelers to access the diesel fuel lanes, an asphalt surface just would not hold up.


Mayor Hughes says discussion continues on the possibility of this type of tax abatement.


As for city manager candidates, Mayor Hughes says the city continues to accept applications and has set no timeline for a hire to replace the late Bruce Milstead.


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