City Council Meetings 

May 10, 2022 

Executive

Session

Motion to authorize preparation of final contract documents for the purchase of approximately 12.5 acres of property and 11 acres of easements from Flint Hills Resources Corpus Christi, LLC and related entities in the vicinity of Nueces Bay Boulevard, Broadway Street, and the Inner Harbor for a seawater desalination plant in an amount of $5,455,000, which will include an option period of 3 years and potential additional option time to allow for permitting and prerequisites related to a development agreement pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Chapter 212, a right to repurchase in the event of termination of the project, requirements related to insurance, soil management, environmental sampling, and limits on use of the property.

April 19, 2022 

Executive

Session

Resolution requesting the Port of Corpus Christi withdraw its application for SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board and End any and all Attempts to become a Water Producer or Distributor

 

Whereas, the City of Corpus Christi (City) is the supplier of water for the surrounding region, which includes communities in Kleberg County, Jim Wells County, Live Oak County, Aransas County, Nueces County, Bee County, and San Patricio County;

 

Whereas, it is the mission of the City of Corpus Christi to effectively manage the region’s water supply, production, and distribution through the operation and maintenance of the water system to meet water supply needs; to provide safe drinking water; to review the design and construction of water facilities that will ensure water system reliability to meet projected growth; and to identify and meet consumer needs and expectations.

 

Whereas, the City has submitted applications for a drought resistant and affordable water source to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for permits for desalination plants at the Inner Harbor Ship Channel Site and the La Quinta Channel Seawater Desalination Site;

 

Whereas, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (Port) has applied for a permit to discharge desalinated wastewater from a proposed desalination facility to be located on Harbor Island;

 

Whereas, Harbor Island is an area of recognized environmental sensitivity, and permits requested by the Port for desalination on this site has led to an intensified environmentalist response to the City’s permit applications;

 

Whereas, the City sent a letter to the Port on September 14, 2018 stating that the City is opposed to the Harbor Island location and is not interested in obtaining the permits for that location;

 

Whereas, the TCEQ Office of Public Interest Counsel (OPIC) has recommended denial of the Port’s requested discharge permit;

 

Whereas, the Port has requested funds via the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

 

Whereas, the Port of Corpus Christi does not treat water and has no certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to distribute potable water in the Coastal Bend region and is acting beyond its standard capacity and its scope of service as a Navigation District;

 

Whereas, the City treats and distributes potable water in the Coastal Bend region and holds a CCN to distribute potable water in selected areas of Nueces County and the City serves as the regional water supplier in the Coastal Bend;  

 

Be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Corpus Christi, Texas:

 

Section 1. The City of Corpus Christi is the regional water supplier for seven counties in the Coastal Bend, including Nueces and San Patricio Counties and currently serves nearly 500,000 residents in the Coastal Bend region through a superior-rated public water system.

 

Section 2. The City requests the Port withdraw any and all applications for SWIFT funding from the TWDB and end any and all attempts to become a water producer or distributor.

January 25, 2022 

Item 23

Motion authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute all documents necessary to request an extension of the funding commitment for the receipt of State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) loan
in the amount of $211,050,000 for one additional year, until 2023, for the design and construction of a desalination plant. This extension would provide additional time for state and federal agencies to issue permits related to a desalination plant and related facilities. 

Sponsors: Utilities Department

December 14, 2021 

Item 33

Resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a final real estate term sheet necessary to acquire real property interests at or near the Inner Harbor Nueces Bay Boulevard and the La Quinta Channel for seawater
desalination and treatment plant(s) from Flint Hills Resources Corpus Christi, LLC and Occidental Chemical Corporation, respectively.

Sponsors: Utilities Department

October 13, 2020 

Item 20

First Reading Ordinance 

Ordinance authorizing the issuance of Utility System Junior Lien Revenue Improvement Bonds, New Series 2020C in an amount not to exceed $11,425,000; providing for payment and security, by a junior and inferior lien on and pledge of the net revenues of the City’s utility system; stipulating terms and conditions for additional revenue bonds; and complying with Texas Water Development Board regulations; for a potential future seawater desalination plant. (Requires 2/3 vote)

 

Sponsors: Finance & Business Analysis

August 25, 2020 

Item 19 

Resolution authorizing the execution and approval of a Financing Agreement between the City of Corpus Christi and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) related to the City’s issuance, sale, and delivery of City Utility System Junior Lien Revenue Improvement Bonds in an amount not to exceed $11,425,000 to the TWDB with proceeds of said bonds to be used for a city desalination project and other matters in connection therewith.

 

Sponsors: Finance & Business Analysis

December 17, 2019

Item 29

Resolution authorizing the submission of applications to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for La Quinta Channel and Inner Harbor water rights diversion and discharge permits necessary for development of two seawater desalination plants and authorizing payment of permit fees in total amount not to exceed $450,000.

August 27, 2019

Presentation to Council 

Water supply trigger point factors and recommendations

January 22, 2019

Presentation to Council 

Seawater desalination project siting and permitting

September 25, 2018

Presentation to Council 

Seawater desalination project siting and permitting master service agreement