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City to contract sewer to school district

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The city of Paradise will do business with the school district – dirty business.

After meeting in closed session for more than 40 minutes, the council voted Monday to develop a contract with Paradise ISD for a sewer system and services.

The city’s utility attorney, grant consultant and engineer will work with school district representatives until an agreement is reached.

The document has not been drafted. The move Monday was simply to authorize the city to enter into an agreement.

Late last year, PISD officials asked the city if they would consider implementing a wastewater system to serve the district and all residents. The district currently has its own systems, but they are nearing capacity, resulting in several mechanical failures in recent years.

“Our concern is, if we’re both looking at a project in the future, because ours has to be done within a certain timeline, we don’t want to handcuff the city and tax the citizens twice if we go out there and do a bond,” Superintendent Monty Chapman said then. “Then at a later date y’all come in and do a city system, and they’re being charged (for that) and charged from the school side on the bond note on two different facilities doing the same thing – one for the kids, one for the citizens.

“Basically it would be the citizens of the city doing double duty… We are willing to be in a joint context with the city… We want to do whatever we can do to be good stewards for our citizens.”

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • approved a $201,760 budget for 2013-2014, funded by a 33.9 cent tax rate, after neither drew any comment during public hearings at the beginning of the meeting.
  • canceled the Nov. 5 election. The three incumbents with expiring terms were the only ones who filed – Mayor Sam Starr, Place 4 Terre Ward and Place 5 Roy Steel.
  • approved a 23-cent increase to Progressive Waste Management rates.

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