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Council moves forward on funding testing of Mayfair sewer line

By BY DIANNA WRAY
March 1, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.


The Victoria City Council took the first step in fixing Mayfair Terrace's flooding issues on Monday.

The council voted to approve on first reading an ordinance authorizing the funds to move forward with testing and inspection of sanitary sewer lines in the Mayfair Terrace subdivision.

It will cost $135,000 to inspect the sanitary sewer lines. The ordinance will transfer $135,000 from the water/wastewater fund balance to that department's engineering fund to pay for the testing.

The ordinance will come before the council for final approval at the next meeting.

The Mayfair Terrace area flooded in May and again in August. Residents appeared before the council in February to voice their displeasure.

City Councilman Gabriel Soliz held a town-hall meeting in January, giving residents another chance to talk about their concerns.

Soliz said he was pleased to see the council moving forward on this issue. He noted that it is difficult to continue development of the area if the houses in it keep flooding.

"No one wants to live in a house that will fill up with rainwater," Soliz said.

However, Soliz said that people in the community need to make a point of paying attention to this issue.

"We need to hear the voice of the community to make sure this keeps going, otherwise this first step forward could be the last step we make in fixing this problem," Soliz said.

He has scheduled a town-hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Our Lady of Sorrows, 208 W. River St. to give people another chance to voice their concerns.

The council also approved on first reading an ordinance repealing bicycle registration.

Assistant City Manager Bruce Ure told the council that the bicycle registration ordinance was unnecessary because they'd found it didn't help police solve bicycle theft.

The council also approved on first reading an ordinance amending the 2010-2011 fiscal year budget of the city that transfers $59,800 from the Motel Tax Fund Balance to the Motel Tax Fund Theatre Victoria line item providing funding to Theatre Victoria.

All of these ordinances will come before the council for final approval at the council's next regular meeting.

The council also heard a report on the effectiveness of the Edwards Aquifer Authority presented by Environmental Services Director Jerry James. James went over the EAA's water management over the course of the past year, warning the council that state of Texas vs. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel is one they need to follow. James said the case could make the EAA and other water management entities vulnerable to lawsuits over water management.

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