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.  

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