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Sewer system tops discussion

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, November 23, 2013

{{{*}}}Sewer system issues comprised a bulk of the Paradise City Council meeting Monday, but little was changed.

The council met in executive session for two matters – to talk to their utility attorney and to discuss the acquisition of real property. Neither drew any action in open session.

However, the council did approve an access easement for Paradise ISD water lines. The agreement must be approved by the school district before it is official. It gives city officials a legal right to access water meters.

Officials also OK’d the changes to the agreement with the school district for the collection of sewer fees. The document was approved at the council’s last meeting and forwarded to school district officials for their approval.

The council didn’t take any action on the development of a contract with PISD to provide wastewater treatment services for district buildings and related facilities.

“We’re still trying to work with the school,” city secretary Teresa Moody said. “We’re to the point where we’re trying to determine what we’re willing to do and what we expect them to do, and then start negotiating.”

The council also:

  • temporarily added $500 to water tap installation fees. Next month, the council will look at a permanent fee change.
  • opted not to make any changes to the policy in place for animal control services. Citizens must go through City Hall to have animals picked up by Wise County Animal Control. City staff calls animal control for animals that are menacing, making threats or destroying property. The shelter charges $50 for each animal that is picked up.
  • hired Hankins, Powers, Eastup, Deaton and Tonn to conduct the annual audit for $7,500 and Texas Tank Services to conduct the water tower inspection for $289.
  • granted the EDC permission to paint the fire hydrants silver with green caps and tops “to promote school spirit.”
  • issued a mobile food vendor permit for a food trailer on Texas 114.
  • approved a $68,936.61 budget for the Economic Development Corp.
  • approved the October financial report and meeting minutes.

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