CITY UTILITY RATE INCREASES APPEAR IN NOVEMBER BILLING
The recently approved utilities increase for City of Eastland customers will appear in your November bill due December 20th. The increases stem from the increased debt services for construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, as well as increased cost of water purchased from Eastland County Water Supply District.
“All of us with the City regret the need to increase these rates,” said Eastland City Manager Ron Duncan, “but to continue to provide quality services and maintain our water and sewer systems at or above required standards, the increases are necessary.”
For Eastland residents inside the city limits the new rates include a $5 increase to water and a $19.93 to sewer charges for a total of $24.93 per month. These rates will increase the minimum monthly utility bill for water, sewer and garbage to a total of $100.47, up from the previous minimum of $75.74.
Customers outside the city limits, whose rates are higher than customers inside the city limits, will have their minimum increase from $79.14 to $104.79.
City of Eastland utility bills are mailed the last business day of each month and are due by the 20th of the following month.
As conveniences to our customers the City offers two plans including monthly average water billing and bank drafting services.
For questions on this or any other City of Eastland matters, contact Eastland City Hall at 254-629-8321 or drop by 113 E Commerce St.
CITY SEEKS CANDIDATES TO SERVE ON VARIOUS BOARDS
Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Planning & Zoning, Board of Adjustment
The City of Eastland is currently seeking persons interested in serving on city appointed boards that help make vital decisions for the city’s growth and future. As board vacancies arise, each Board will review their applications and submit a list of applicants to the City Commission for appointment. When multiple applications are received the remaining applications will go on file for future appointments. Each board has their own board member guidelines concerning who may serve.
EASTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to develop an economic development plan for the city, set forth goals to accomplish the plan to include but not limited to an economic strategy to bolster the business climate throughout the city; fully utilize the assets of the city to enhance economic development; identify strategies to coordinate public, private, academic resources to develop and enhance business opportunities for all citizens of Eastland. The board shall assure accountability of all tax monies expended.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to protect and enhance the landmarks and districts which represent distinctive elements of Eastland’s historic, architectural, and cultural heritage. Encourage stabilization, restoration, and improvements of historic properties and their values.
PLANNING & ZONING BOARD:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to make, amend, extend, or add to a Land Use Plan for the physical development of the City; recommend to City Commission approval or disapproval of proposed changes in the zoning districts and/or ordinances; Approve or disapprove the platting or subdividing of land within the corporate limits of the City and within adjacent areas as permitted by law.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT:
Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to hear and decide appeals where alleged error of law in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made during enforcement of the Planning & Zoning Code; interpret the provisions of the code in such a way as to carry out the intent and purpose of the plan.
For an application, stop by Eastland City Hall at 113 E Commerce St. For more information, contact Shirley Stuart, Bill Dolen or Terry Simmons at 254-629-8321.
The City of Eastland Public Works crew installed two new 14” valves in the early morning hours of Friday, September 22, 2017. The valves were installed on the Main Pump Line which transports water from the I-20 Pump Station to the Water Tower located at Park Hill. The simultaneous installation involved the Public Works team as well as J & W Services crewThe main 14” line has had two major failures in the last year which caused the city to be out of water for several hours, and which resulted in disruption of businesses, closing of schools and inconvenience to our residents. The 64 year old water line had insufficient valves to isolate the leaks which resulted in lost system water pressure. The new project installed two new isolation valves to enable the city to quickly isolate the leak in our next line failure. The city will use these valves repair the leaks quickly, without the loss of water pressure, save valuable water and greatly reduce the inconvenience to our businesses and residents.
The project work began weeks ago when the city ordered the supplies for the project and preassembled all the components. Mayor Vernon and Ron Duncan met with local businesses to alert them of the project and solicit input. We then coordinated with J &W to put together and construction team at two sites for the simultaneous installation. The city issued public service announcements, code red alerts and distributed flyers to the community about the planned water outage to ensure we minimized disruption. We then staged supplies and equipment at the work sites and excavated the installation sites.
The staff turned off the water pump line at 11:00 P.M. and both teams worked for five hours to remove old water line, install the new valves, and restore service before our residents woke in the morning.
As of 5 A.M. Friday, September 22 the valve installation has been completed. The water system is back up to pressure and running. The City is now under a Boil Water Notice. Once the city receives confirmation that our lab results are clear, we will rescind the Boil Water Notice. We anticipate receiving word as early as Saturday.
The city staff wishes to thank all of our residents for their patience and cooperation. We also thank our Public Works crew, as well as J&W Services for their outstanding work.
CITY OF EASTLAND
TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
The City of Eastland is giving notice of the city’s intent to submit a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application for a Texas Capital Fund grant request of up to $730,000 to provide infrastructure improvements along Highway 6 and the intersection of Interstate 20 in the City of Eastland. The application is available for review at City Hall, 113 E Commerce St., Eastland, TX 76448 during regular business hours. For further information, contact Ron Duncan, City Manager, at (254) 629-8321. Para más información en español, comuníquese con Ciudad de Eastland al (254) 629-8321.
BEGINNING THURSDAY, 11 P.M.
MAJOR WATER LINE REPAIRS WILL CAUSE OUTAGES, BOIL NOTICE
Citizens asked to conserve water, Delay sprinkler systems
On Thursday, 09/21/2017, at 11 pm, the City of Eastland will be shutting down the main water line for valve replacement. The replacement will likely take up to 7 am on Friday morning. When the water is restored, a boil water order will be in effect until further notice. The most affected areas will be east of the football stadium, but all water users should be prepared for a complete loss or decrease in water availability and are advised to conserve water accordingly.
All water users are requested to conserve as much water as possible during this time. If you have automatic lawn sprinklers please adjust the timers to not operate your system from 11 p.m. Thursday, September 21 until such time as the repairs are made and the system is at full operation.
September 21, 2017
Due to repairs to the main water service line serving Eastland which resulted in a loss of system water pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the CITY OF EASTLAND to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption effective 1:00 A.M. on September 22, 2017.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the City of Eastland will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Ron Duncan, Eastland City Manager at 254-629-8321.
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