Immediately following last night’s public hearing where there was no opposition to my proposed change to the city ordinance, which will free homeowners who successfully complete a TCEQ class, from the unnecessary burden of paying for an annual contract with a septic company to “maintain” their system, passed unanimously. In my March 27 post, Let Homeowners “Maintain Their Own Septic System, I explain why the only impact that this ordinance will have is on the pocketbooks of citizens who take advantage of the exception, as they will no longer be saddled with the obligation of paying for something that they can easily do themselves. I wish to express my sincere thanks to citizen Herb Harker, for bringing this issue to me and for the considerable amount of time he invested to research this issue and provide me with facts that I could bring before the city council to review. Despite considerable opposition by bureaucrats who made attempts to thwart this effort, I also wish to thank my fellow council members, Lovell, Herren, Orchard, and Short for their enthusiastic support of this measure!
Before the approved amendments to the ordinance can be ratified, the state must grant approval, which we believe will come before July.