LAMPASAS — The City Council on Monday selected Mike White to fill the Place 5 council seat vacated last month with the resignation of former councilman T.J. Roberts.

White takes the oath of office Monday before the council’s budget workshop and will fill the unexpired, two-year term until the general election in May.

“I applied for the council seat because I wanted to make a difference for the good of the town,” White said. “I’ve been a business owner in Lampasas for 11 years, and I want positive growth while maintaining the city’s integrity.”

Roberts submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Jerry Grayson on June 10, citing family concerns that required his family to move from the Lampasas area.

The council also introduced Phil Andreas as the new public works director. Andreas has more than 20 years of experience in the public utility sector and most recently worked in New York as a private consultant. His first day on the job was July 2.

In other business, City Manager Finley deGraffenried reported a possible rate increase from the Brazos River Authority that could affect the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

“From Brazos River Authority, we received notice they could possibly go up in terms of their raw water costs,” deGraffenried said. “The impact to our budget would be approximately $1,500 per quarter. We are tentatively planning on having some staff present at their meeting July 17, and we’ll let council know how that meeting goes.”

City Secretary Christina Marez also updated the council regarding costs and time associated with placing a senior tax freeze on an upcoming ballot.

Based on her research, it could cost the city as much as $3,400 to put the issue before voters. Marez recommended the council bypass the county’s election in November and wait until the general election in May.

“The last day to place an item on the ballot for the November election is August 26,” Marez said. “If the county does not have to hold a state election, it would cost $2,300, so I would recommend putting this on with the May general election next year.”

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