Advocate editorial board opinion: City acts to fix subdivision's sewer problems

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.

The Mayfair Terrace subdivision sewer-line problem has been going on for quite some time. Last year, both residents and the city balked, at first, about fixing the problem, saying either it was the city's problem or the residents' problem.

Now, after a report showed both sides have defective lines, the city is fixing the lines on its side of the property lines.

The city budgeted $1.77 million to replace half of the subdivision's sanitary sewer system lines. And it plans to budget the same amount next fiscal year to replace the other half.

This is good news for the residents in Mayfair Terrace, where sewer has backed up in toilets and sinks, as well as coming in the house from flooding. Flooding also caused clogged lines, making them defective.

However, now that the city has shown good faith, the residents there should fix the problem on their side of the property lines. We urge all to work together as a team to remedy the sewer problem as a whole.

Still, flooding will remain a problem, according to Lynn Short, the city's director of public works, until a remedy can be found.

"We do have a contract with LNV of Corpus Christi. They will be doing a study of the storm system (in Mayfair Terrace)," said Jimmy Roach, deputy director of public works.

Roach said the company may have started already on the study. He said once the report is completed, the city will know more what to do about flooding in the Mayfair Terrace subdivision.

We applaud the city for addressing the subdivision's flooding issues, as well as the sewer system's defective lines.

The city is going all out to fix Mayfair Terrace's problem, and we applaud that action. Now, it is up to the residents to reciprocate by repairing lines on their property.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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