ESTO – The Esto Town Council adopted a cross connection plan when they met in regular session April 17.

Mandated by Department of Environmental Protection, the council unanimously voted to approve the plan that states commercial businesses will have to install a backflow valve when they connect to the town’s water system. The town will be responsible for the maintenance schedule for each business, meaning they will inspect each connection annually and advise the business owner should any repairs need to be done.

The tax abatement ordinance that was on referendum last month was reviewed and will have public hearings held on May 15 and June 5 for final adoption.

The ordinance states that a governing body must put an exemption for property taxes to new businesses to a vote before it can become an ordinance. An ordinance is being drafted for review by the town’s legal counsel.

In other items, a new air condition condenser was replaced at the John Clark Community Center. The $750 cost came our of the town’s improvement fund.

Esto Town Council will meet again in regular session at 7 p.m. on May 1.