April 4 was the first City Council meeting in the new Hutto City Hall. This new City Hall and Public Library has 11,287 square feet of public space. There is the Hutto Public Library, its meeting and study rooms, the generous patios, foyer, lobby, Council Chambers and Mezzanine. The Council Chambers has capacity for 200. For a little perspective, the old building could seat 40.

Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the April 4 City Council meeting.

Open For Business

The City of Hutto and Titan Development announced the relocation of Western Industries Corporation's Austin facility to Hutto at Innovation Business Park. This is another example in the ongoing commitment by city leaders and business entities to foster growth and add jobs in the city of Hutto.

Western Industries, (www.wicpack.com) with headquarters in Oklahoma City has operated a light manufacturing facility in the Austin metro area for 25+ years. The company is a manufacturer of engineered packaging products and the customer base of this facility supports other manufacturing companies in the Austin and San Antonio region.

Western Industries will be leasing 79,000 square feet of Titan Development's first spec building at Innovation Business Park, will invest more than $3 million on the facility, grow to 145 jobs within ten years.  In exchange the City is providing a 20 percent abatement of ad valorem taxes levied by the City on the property and improvements for a period of ten years. The company intends to open operations in July of this year.

Western Industries also has manufacturing facilities in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Wichita and Mexico. This move only affects the current Austin facility.

No Payment Rate Holiday

The City of Hutto utility customers will receive a “one month no payment holiday”. This one-time reduction will amount to approximately 8.3% overall for the year. The action was voted on at the April 4 City Council meeting to renegotiate the contract with Manville Water Supply Corp., which daily provides hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to residents and businesses.

This is part of the renegotiation of the Manville water contract where capacity is increased and costs are reduced.

July Meeting Moved

The City Council voted unanimously to move the July 4 meeting to Wed., July 3. This meeting change was proposed due to the Independence Day holiday falling on the night of the first July City Council meeting.