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Surgoinsville to give pool owners sewer bill break for one-time fill up

October 20th, 2013 12:55 pm by Jeff Bobo

Surgoinsville to give pool owners sewer bill break for one-time fill up

SURGOINSVILLE — Surgoinsville’s new sewer customers will be billed based on their water usage, but town leaders want to allow swimming pool owners a chance once per year to fill up without being penalized on their sewer bill.

The Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed Monday to delay approval of an agreement with the Surgoinsville Utility District to oversee future sewer billing.

The billing agreement will come back up at next month’s BMA meeting after a swimming pool provision has been added.

Alderman Joe McLain noted that water used to fill swimming pools every year will show up as water usage on meters, but won’t go through the sewer system.

McLain said the utility district wanted to know if billing adjustments could be made for swimming pools.

Building inspector Vince Pishner, who is also Mount Carmel’s building inspector, told the BMA that Mount Carmel’s procedure involves the customer taking the meter reading before and after the pool is filled, and taking those numbers to City Hall.

City Hall then tells the water utility how much to adjust the customer’s bill, and that’s allowed once per year, Pishner added.

The BMA agreed to put the matter on the agenda of its next workshop for discussion.

“We want something that will work good for people who have pools, but we can’t take a beating because of it,” said Mayor Johnny Greer.

Construction bids for Surgoinsville’s new sewer system are expected to be advertised within the next month. Construction is expected to take about a year.

The $3.5 million system entails a trunk line running from the two public schools along Main Street to the Phipps Bend Industrial Park where it will connect to the Church Hill system for treatment.

The initial phase of the project includes 300 customers.

In exchange for performing Surgoinsville’s sewer billing the Surgoinsville Utility District will receive a fee.

Greer said the real incentive for the utility is the new electronic water meters every new sewer customer will receive.

“Right away we’re going to eliminate the need for someone going to 300 customers and reading a meter manually,” Greer told the Times-News Wednesday. “That’s pretty substantial. And as we hook other sewer customers up, every one will get a new electronic meter.” 

In other business Monday, the BMA approved the second and final reading of an ordinance which requires any address within 200 feet of a city sewer line to be hooked up to the Surgoinsville sewer system.

Initially the city established a requirement that addresses within 500 feet of the sewer line must be hooked up.

Greer said it would have depleted available grant funding in this first phase of construction to hook up residences 200 to 500 feet from the system.

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