It appears some Harrogate residents will be paying for the pleasure of flushing “irregular” items into the city sewer lines.
The Harrogate board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a piece of legislation last week that will allow city officials the right to inspect, repair and possibly bill any sewer line customers who create problems with the free-flow of the sewer system due to negligence or misuse.
If found the culprit, customers will have the option to correct the problem within ten days after notification or the city will correct it and invoice the customer for the actual costs of repairs and/or replacement parts.
Mayor Bill Fultz did say offending customers will be given one warning, then be charged for repeat calls for the same problem.
It looks as though the city is moving forward with the sewer line project. Five commercial properties between U.S. Hwy 25E and Nettleton Road are poised for hook-up to the system.
The BMA unanimously approved the outlay of $3,000 that will be used to purchase additional equipment to clean the pump stations.
In other action, the city is ready to bid the Harrogate Fire Station II building project. The council agreed the new structure will need to measure 60 ft. by 80 ft. in order to accommodate four bays and a stripped-down area for kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Fultz said the quote needs to include the costs of erecting a metal building with an inner lining.
Run-down properties have apparently become a pet peeve for city government. After several months of attempting to gain a response from some homeowners, the BMA has decided to become aggressive in its project to clear away “eyesores.”
City officials have begun the process of condemning an eight unit apartment building on Weatherby. And, the owner of another property with dilapidated trailers will receive his last certified letter stating the land must be cleaned up by a certain date or the city will do it for him “at the owner’s expense.”
The board is expected during its next council meeting to delve further into the designation of duties for city building inspectors David Laws and Barron Kennedy III. The BMA discussed the matter with both men during a recent work session. However, no concrete decisions were made at that time and the issue was not broached during the July council meeting.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.