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Koonce lobbies council over ordinance... again
by Kenda Nelson, Editor
Feb 11, 2010 | 1015 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In his third appearance before the Refugio City Council in recent weeks, Bob Koonce asked the council to reconsider a decision to continue to place the financial burden of repairing sewer leaks on the taxpayers.

“What I want is what’s fair for the homeowner,” Koonce told the council.

With the Ready, Set, Mow campaign going into full swing on March 1, Koonce said the council may be defeating its purpose to entice new residents by putting an unfair burden on its citizens.

Koonce said no other towns in the area require that its citizens to pay for sewer repairs up to the sewer main. In some instances in the oldest part of town, the main is in the middle of the street and 10 feet or more below the surface.

Residents also are required to pay to put the street back in the same condition before the repairs were made.

At least two families have been saddled with repair costs of more than $7,000 for sewer repairs and an estimated $4,000 for road repairs.

In a previous meeting two weeks ago, the council considered levying a surcharge on each water bill to pay for the road repairs.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council did not vote on the surcharge or taking the financial responsibility for road or sewer repairs.

Mayor Rey Jaso asked Koonce what he wanted them to do.

Koonce said he wants the ordinance to be changed so that the homeowners have the same financial burden as with water lines. Homeowners pay for repairs only to the water meter.

In other matters, the council agreed to pay $12,600 in quarterly payments from hotel/motel tax money to the chamber of commerce following a PowerPoint presentation by Lenny Anzaldua on accomplishments and goals for Refugio County.

The council also accepted Street Superintendent Cliff Lynn’s recommendation to hire Matthew Clark in the sewer department.

The council did not, however, name anyone to the airport zoning committee, as previously announced. Three names were bandied around as possible appointees. Each one will be contacted.

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