Utility repair ordinance tabled

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM.

The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance for the recovery of costs for damages to utilities, but the ordinance was tabled for further discussion at the next city workshop and so City Attorney Kerry Adkison could rework the ordinance.

City Public Works Director Gerald Ward said the ordinance should state that the damage be repaired by the party that causes the damage.

“We don’t have the man power to run out and fix things, we only have three people,” Ward said. “If you get a 8-inch pipe bust like we had the other day, we lose hundreds of thousands of gallons.” Ward said in a recent such leak, the city lost 300,000 gallons of water.

The ordinance would require the party who did the damage to repay the city for expenses, but Ward said he would like the city to consider also required the damaging party to repair the damage immediately.

“I know what Gerald is saying,” Adkison said, “but do we think they will really do the repairs?”

“Gerald is saying at least that way we’ll have it in the ordinance that we can call them in to fix it,” Chairwoman Tina Sloan said.

Councilman Byron Biddle moved that the ordinance be tabled for further study and to give Adkison time to rework the ordinance.

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