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Big stink raised over sewer line
by Kenda Nelson
May 07, 2009 | 911 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 33-year-old agreement between six rural residents on Churchill Road and the town of Woodsboro was rejected by City Attorney Donald Kubicek Tuesday night.

“It should never have been done in the first place,” Kubicek said. “I have nothing further to say.”

Ricky Piwetz, spokesperson for the group, said he, Lee Riemenschneider and four others paid for and installed 1,600 feet of sewer line in 1976 under the guidance of Joe Youngblood, former maintenance supervisor.

“The city’s done nothing,” Piwetz said. “You have not put one cent in that line, not one cent since 1976.”

The attorney said the line should have been dedicated as the city’s, citing common law as the justification.

But Piwetz and Riemenschneider claim they received permission to run the sewer line and entered into a contract with the town with a stipulation that no more than nine households could tap into the line.

However, Piwetz said Charles Neimann had the contract in his possession. After his death, the contract was thrown away.

“I know where ours went, but where is (the city’s contract),” Piwetz asked.

The dispute came to light when a new resident moved to Churchill Road.

“Orlin Westermann came to us and asked to tap into our line,” Piwetz said after the meeting. “We still had two taps left so we gave him permission.”

The group agreed to sell Westerman a share in the line.

In a previous meeting, Westermann came before the council to seek the sewer tap. Mayor George Hernandez recommended that Westermann pay only the city tap fees, not the price requested by the Churchill residents who installed and paid for the line.

Piwetz said he read of Westerman’s request to the council in the newspaper.

“That’s the first I’d heard of it,” Piwetz said.

Piwetz asked the council to either offer them a price to purchase their line.

“You’re getting 1,600 feet of sewer line free,” Piwetz said.

In other matters, the council opened bids for a parcel of land owned by the city and originally dedicated as part of Myrtle Street; however, the street was never paved or utilized.

The high bidder was Leno Flores with a bid of $3,258. Raymond Cisneros bid $3,000; Dan Martin, $3,100; and Ted Ortega, $2,400. A bid was not approved pending verification that a survey that was conducted is correct.

After the meeting Flores said whichever person won the bid, they would divide the property with their neighbors and spit the cost.

Next month, Woodsboro garbage pick-up customers will receive garbage carriages to replace their trash cans. Under the new system, an automated system will be utilized to empty the cans into the trucks.

The contractor will continue to pick up bundled limbs and bulky items once a month on a day that will be designated by the council.

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