Public statement from City of Howe regarding wastewater contract with Sherman

Statement from the City of Howe:

The City of Howe transports its sanitary sewer wastewater to the Sherman Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The City of Howe bills Howe citizens for sewer based on water usage through the water meter, which is a common practice.  The City of Sherman bills the City of Howe at a metered take point.  The current issue is the result of the City of Sherman amount being billed to the City of Howe exceeding the amount the City of Howe is billing and collecting from its citizens.  There is a budget deficit created by these two unequal amounts. 

Like other cities, when there is rain, runoff and rainwater can enter the sanitary sewer system. This is commonly referred to as inflow & infiltration (I&I). This can occur many different ways and locations and can occur on the private side of sewer service lines, such as private cleanouts.  Howe has ongoing efforts to identify sources of I&I and address those issues. 

It has been the I&I that has led to the arrearage to Sherman.  Howe has made monthly payments but had months where it could not pay the full amount.  Howe has continued to pay monthly and is working to pay off the additional amounts and fees that are also added to the treatment charges.  Howe believes that it and Sherman can continue to work through this issue.

Howe paid Sherman $589,356.57 in 2019, $452,450.89 in 2020, and has already made payments of $320,292.66 to date in 2021. 

Sherman also seeks to cancel the existing sewer agreement and cease to treat Howe’s wastewater.  That means that in addition to dealing with the current arrearage and budget issues, the City of Howe will also need to construct its own sewer plant.

The City of Howe has entered into an agreement with an engineering firm to start the process of planning and designing Howe’s own wastewater treatment plant.

City Council Agenda for Jan. 19, 2021

NOTICE OF THE MEETING OF THE

GOVERNING BOARD OF THE

CITY OF HOWE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF HOWE, TEXAS WILL BE HELD ON THE 19th  day OF January 2021 AT 6:00 P.M., AT 700 W. Haning Street, HOWE, TEXAS AT WHICH TIME THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS WILL BE DISCUSSED, TO WIT:

CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION

PLEDGE TO FLAGS

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”

PUBLIC REQUEST – At this time comments will be taken from the audience on any subject whether or not that item is on the agenda.  All comments are limited to a maximum of three minutes.  In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, Council may not discuss or act on any of the items not posted on the agenda.

CONSENT AGENDA

Consider/approve consent items which are marked by an *.

*             Minutes of November 17, 2020

*             Finance statements -November 2020

*             Finance statements- December 2020

*             Designate park at Summit Hill as COACH SIMMONS PARK

*             2019 Certified Tax Roll

*             2020 Tax Roll

                ELECTION ITEMS:

*             Notice of General Election 2021

*             Order of Election

*             Election Contract with Grayson County

*             Joint Election Contract with Howe ISD

  1. Discuss, consider and act upon consent agenda items.
  • Discuss, consider and act on Resolution 2020-0004, authorization for advance funding agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for a downtown next exit.
  • Departmental Reports:
    • Police Department.
    • Utility Department.
    • Code Enforcement.
    • Municipal Court.
    • Administration.
    • Fire Department.
    • Economic Development.

ADJOURN

Notes to agenda:

The Council may vote and/or act upon each of the items listed in the Agenda.

The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this Agenda, whenever it is considered necessary and legally justified under the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Government Code Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated in accordance with the authority contained in Section 551.071 – Consultation with attorney, Section 551.072 – Deliberation regarding real property, Section 551.073 – Deliberation regarding prospective gift, Section 551.074 – Personnel, Section 551.076 – Deliberation regarding security devices, and Section 551.087 – Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations.

Dated this 15th day of January 2021,

                                                                By ___________________________________

This is to certify that I, Joy Stevens, City Secretary, posted this agenda in the outside display at 3:30 p.m. on December at the City Hall of the City of Howe, Texas, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said Notice was posted continuously for at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said Meeting.

This facility is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available.  Request for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.  Please contact Joy Stevens at 903-532-5571.  

Removed on the _____ day of ________ 2021 at ______ o’clock

Coronavirus information

For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/

Background

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

Source and Spread of the Virus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoVSARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, including in some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses.On This Page

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Global Map

World map showing countries with COVID-19 cases

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COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

Situation in U.S.

  • Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S.
  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan.
  • During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

Illness Severity

Both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.

Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Risk Assessment

Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.

Reported community spread of COVID-19 in parts of the United States raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for COVID-19 for those communities. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high, to the United States and globally.

At this time, however, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States. However, it is important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed.

Current risk assessment:

  • For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.