The public hearing for the cleanup of trichloroethene (TCE) contaminated soil and groundwater is the lead item on tonight's Stephenville City Council agenda.

In the first of two public hearings, Genuine Parts Company will present its position on the most cost effective way for revitalization of the contaminated source area at the former Rayloc facility. TCE is similar to a dry cleaning solvent. In a prior meeting with council members, Genuine Parts representatives said the approval of a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) would assure a quicker resale and redevelopment of the facility. The extent of the TCE is located laterally on the Rayloc property, vertically to the top 15-20 feet of soil and groundwater. According to Genuine Parts, the impacted groundwater is far above typical producing depths of area water wells. The report indicated none have been affected by TCE. A City Ordinance would prohibit drilling of potable water supply wells within the limits of the MSD.

Council members will also consider authorizing a contractor to proceed with the development of a floor plan and rendering for the public library. Following a joint work session of the council's planning and development committee and the library advisory board, it was recommended the proposal be presented to the full city council. The contractor will be requested to submit a revised plan for the committee's assessment including monetary adjustments for items not included in original estimates.

In other business, the council will:

Consider the 2008 street reconstruction project and the 2007-08 utility line improvements project. Council committees have reviewed recommendations from Tony Gonzales, street superintendent, and Schrickel, Rollins and Associates and request authorization for the staff to begin development of plans and specifications.

Consider approval of the 2007 annexed services water and sewer project area of approximately 78 acres, located along the south side of FM Rd. 8.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 298 W. Washington.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.