POINT COMFORT - The city council has hired a new city administrator to fill the position left vacant by resignation during a special-called meeting Monday, July 16.

Tina Crow will join the staff in August. She will replace Ofie Baldera, who resigned after nearly a year in the position to work in her brother’s company.

“I believe she will be a great asset to our city,” said Point Comfort Mayor Leslie Machicek.

Crow was interviewed during a closed session that lasted nearly an hour. In open session, the council gave Councilwoman Linda Brush the authority to hire the city administrator.

In other business, the council heard from Inframark concerning the operation of the water and wastewater treatment plants. Councilman Mitch McBride asked the company to address the council on what they offered.

Lisa Nelson, with Inframark, explained that the company is American owned, operates in nine states and currently employs more than 1,500 people.

“This means you have good depth and breadth of operations that can be applied to issues in Point Comfort,” she said.

The company, if contracted, will only run both the water and wastewater plants, and the city will still own its assets.

Ryan Quigley, also with Inframark, said the company can provide compliance work for the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and other agencies, maintain the plant, do basic maintenance service at the plant depending on the type of services in the contract.

“Our goal is to do 80 percent prevention and 20 percent corrective. It’s more expensive to react (to a problem). If you take care of the plant, it will take care of you,” said Quigley.

McBride asked how a call for service, especially one late at night, would be handled.

Quigley said they would answer the service call and take care of the issue, and after-hours pricing would be built into the contract.

In response to a question about what would happen to the people who currently work at the plant, Quigley said they would prefer to keep them on rather than lose any institutional knowledge, but they would become employees of Inframark rather than the city of Point Comfort.

In other business, the council:

-- Approved contracting with Jyoti Naik for building inspection services. The contract would auto-renew yearly and includes a 90-day termination clause for both parties.

-- Passed on amending the city’s fee schedule regarding building permits.