Austwell City Council hires new water, sewer operator
by Tim Delaney
Jan 19, 2014 | 271 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTWELL – The Austwell City Council approved contracting with Rene’s Water Operations to oversee the city’s water and sewer services on Monday, Jan. 13.

Mayor David Cann said the city had been contracting with Torres Water Service, but the owner died and Rene Rodriguez, who was with Torres broke off into his own business.

Rene’s Water Operations is based in Bloomington.

The contract calls for $4,160 at the first of each month (mileage included).

In addition, additional services include operator at $35 an hour, each crew member at $25 an hour and backhoe services at $75 an hour.

One of the duties of the new water and sewer service operator is to take samples as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and have an emergency crew on standby.

The council also addressed an interlocal agreement between the city of Austwell and Drainage District No. 1.

Cann said the agreement signed by former Mayor Dwight Mutschler and Drainage District chairman Charlie Faria, included a clause that the drainage district would clean all ditches in Austwell, not just three.

It was noted that County Commissioner Rod Bernal was doing a lot of the work, while the city was doing the rest of the work.

Cann said he planned to attend the drainage district meeting Tuesday night to address the issue.

The council also accepted the resignation letter of Mike Henry, who was the city’s building inspector.

The retirement announcement was effective as of Jan. 31. A replacement inspector already is in place.

The council also granted a pet ordinance variance to Clifton and Judy Crosthwait, who house more than two dogs and cats.

The Crosthwaits have four dogs and one cat.

Clifton said three of the dogs will be in the fenced in area around his house. The other dog and cat are inside animals.

Cann said the variance is only for the pets the Crosthwaits have. In other words, they cannot be replaced. Also, if a complaint is filed against one of the pets, the variance may be revoked.

The council also entered into an executive session pertaining to litigation or a settlement, but when it returned in open session, no action was taken.
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