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Poth council approves Voges Street waterline upgrade
POTH -- Water was a primary topic for the Poth City Council Aug. 20, as the members addressed waterlines and utility rates and approved line improvements and rate increases.
As the first step in a project designed to restore the service lines that currently supply utilities to Voges Street, a new waterline will be installed. This follows a decision by the Poth City Council during its Aug. 20 regular meeting. The original pipes, described as crumbling, will be replaced by 1,300 feet of C-900 PVC line and will include a total of 30 connections and eight fireplugs.
The current line was said to be so fragile that it was essential to be replaced first out of concerns that it would burst if the sewer pipe below it were to be tampered with. The update will cost an estimated $49,000 for supplies to be purchased by the city and $33,000 for labor.
Also regarding water, the service rate for water will increase by 30 percent, following discussion by the council; the measure was passed unanimously. According to Mayor Travis Pruski, this will add an average of $3 per household to citizens’ bills.
The city also approved a sign variance to allow Crime Stoppers to replace two signs along U.S. 181. Currently there are two separate signs, both across from Paisley’s On The Plaza. Due to the decaying state of the signs, Crime Stoppers considered it an appropriate time for an update.
The permit will allow for the installation of a single, double-sided, 4-foot-by-8-foot sign, made from a composite of aluminum sheeting with a rigid plastic core. Marrie Aldridge with Crime Stoppers said it would be more effective to increase the advertisement’s visibility by making it bright red with a shorter message to be more readable.
To boost the ad’s appearance, rock remaining from construction of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church’s sign will be used to encase the base of the single support pole. Wilson County Commissioner Pct. 4 Paul Pfeil has offered to pay for the construction of the support and frame, while the council agreed to pay approximately $300 for the sign itself.
The variance was approved 5-0.
In other matters, the council discussed but took no action regarding the Wilson County Appraisal District’s 2013 operating budget as presented.
**Poth City Council Aug. 20 regular meeting
In attendance: Councilmen Eric Ramirez, Darren Dylla, Paul Martinez, Steve Martinez, and Linda Criado, City Secretary Rose Huizar, and Mayor Travis Pruski.
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