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SAWS dumps 5-percent rate hike on Elmendorf
ELMENDORF -- Beginning March 1, water rates here will increase by 5 percent, following a vote by the Elmendorf City Council at its Jan. 9 meeting.
City Administrator Cody Dailey, following the meeting, said that the rate hike is a “pass-through increase,” because the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has raised its fees to the city, effective this month.The rate hike is included in amendments to Elmendorf’s water-tariff ordinance.
“Also included in the water tariff was the addition of a service, which we can now provide,” Dailey said. “That service is backflow preventer testing.”
Customers meeting certain criteria, such as an on-site well or a permanent lawn-watering system, are required by state law to have a backflow preventer installed, he said. The customer either can have the city perform the test, or can hire their own licensed contractor.
Also related to public works, Dailey said the city is applying for a Bexar County Community Development Block Grant. The council is seeking funding for two projects, including the paving of Fourth Avenue from 10th Street to the Loop 1604 on-ramp and engineering fees for improvements and extension of the city’s main drainage channel.
In other business, police Chief Michael Pimentel introduced the council to the department’s newest paid officer, Jason Burchett.
Dailey also reported that Alderman Richard Rodriguez announced that the Bexar County Department of Community Resources will be partnering with the city to hold an Affordable Care Act seminar and sign-up event, Feb. 11 and 13, in Elmendorf City Hall. Following a presentation, personnel will be on hand to help citizens apply for health benefits via a bank of 12 computers that will be on-site.
“The event is open to all -- not just Elmendorf residents,” Dailey said.
In attendance: Mayor Manuel Decena and aldermen Richard Rodriguez, Tommy Hicks, and Linda Pena Ortiz; City Administrator Cody Dailey, City Secretary Roxanne DeLeon, Chief Michael Pimentel and Officer Jason Burchett of the Elmendorf Police Department, and Water Supervisor John Austin.
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