New council member vows to take on water, electric issues

November 28, 2012

New Granbury City Council member Gary Couch said he plans to encourage his colleagues to examine water conservation plans and the value of the city’s electric company.

Couch, who was to be sworn in Tuesday night to the Place 3 seat that had been held by Mitch Tyra, said that he will have an item on the next council agenda pertaining to the value of the city’s electric company.

“I’ll be proposing that we send the electric company out to bid for sale so we can establish what the value really is,” said Couch, a real estate investor. “Then we can assess which direction to go.

“The purpose of me putting it on the agenda is to understand the value of what it’s really worth so that we can proceed further in the possibility of selling it.”

Couch ran on a platform of taking action to lower the city’s high electric rates.

On Monday, he said that he also wants to look at water conservation.

“We really don’t have a water conservation plan for the city,” the new council member said. “I think we need to jump in with both feet on that.”

Couch said that he has spoken with water conservation experts in San Antonio who said they would be willing to come to Granbury to meet with the City Council.

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