Trash, landfill, sewer, and water rates increase


By Mary O. Esparza - mesparza@civitasmedia.com



Sewer Ordinance 2016

Increasing sewer system additional charges for inside and outside city limits from $1.33 to $1.83 per thousand gallons.

Inside the city limits for contract users, the monthly minimum charge of $10.68, plus the additional charge of $1.45 per thousand gallons.

The change is effective with the July 2016 billing cycle.

The Altus Municipal Authority met in regular session last night in council chambers, immediately followed by the Altus City Council meeting.

Invocation was led by Angela Ybarra of Strong Tower Ministries.

Comments from the audience came from Rock-N-Rumble Co-chair David Braddock, who thanked the City of Altus for its continued support of the event and of Main Street Altus. Braddock praised the city street department, the Altus Police Animal Control, Street Commissioner Chad Osborne, Cemetery and Golf Course Supervisor Freddy Perez, the Altus Air Force Base, the Altus Chamber of Commerce and everyone for their teamwork and dedication.

Council awarded Quicksilver Construction company of Norman the contract to install a new impeller on aerator number three at the Altus Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant in the amount of $49,500 to stop the problem of over-splashing of an unpermitted discharge of water over the basin walls. The city received a notice of violation for the over-splashing from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality or ODEQ on January 15 and initiated action.

Council also awarded a mechanical bar screen and effluent control gate for the wastewater plant to JS Haren Company of Athens, Tennessee for $159,000. The screen is standard equipment in wastewater facilities. It removes solids such as rags, diapers, etc. from wastewater that otherwise could clog pumps or disrupt sludge formation. ODEQ had given the city 30 days to take corrective action after a compliance evaluation inspection of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plan on December 9, 2015, when several deficiencies were noted.

Council approved purchase of one used six-inch trash pump 2008 Pioneer model with a vacuum-assisted self-priming mounted trailer for $12,435 from United Rentals.

The Altus Municipal Authority extended the AMA landfill farm lease for an additional year to Eddie Bush of C&E Farms LLC, the same tenant who has farmed the land since 2004. The amount is a reduced rent of $5, 254.43

Street Commissioner Chad Osborne reported to council the concern about the railroad crossing in the 600 block of South Navajo in Altus. The nearby homes obstruct the view of motorists as they approach the crossing, a potential life-threatening hazard to citizens. In working with Oklahoma Department of Transportation or ODOT to solve the problem, they are requesting that the city close two street crossings at South Lee and South Crain. Approval was granted, and staff was authorized to prepare documents needed to complete the project of closing the street portions to public use. Documents be submitted at a future council meeting.

Approval for a five-year lease agreement between the City of Altus and Red River Aviation Services LLC and Red River Flight Academy for the Block House at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport for $200 per month for two months and then $325 per month for the remaining 48 months was granted.

Council approved ordinances for trash fees, landfill, sewer and water for Altus, to be effective with the July 2016 billing cycle.

The meeting adjourned with no mayor’s appointments, comments or reports.

By Mary O. Esparza

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

Sewer Ordinance 2016

Increasing sewer system additional charges for inside and outside city limits from $1.33 to $1.83 per thousand gallons.

Inside the city limits for contract users, the monthly minimum charge of $10.68, plus the additional charge of $1.45 per thousand gallons.

The change is effective with the July 2016 billing cycle.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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