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Goodrich Texas City Hall 2018By Brian Besch
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The Goodrich City Council on Thursday established new rates for utilities, heard plans for a new RV Park and discussed the upcoming Easter celebration during the regular meeting for March in the community center.

A price hike has been mulled for a few months and a decision was made on the city’s water and sewer. For those outside the city limits, the rate for water only will be $42.50. Those within the city limits will pay $48 for both water and sewer combined. Goodrich is currently at $38.50 for both water and sewer for city residents. 

The new rates will be shown in the next billing cycle. A letter will be sent to customers informing them of the increase.

Comparable rates are in Shepherd, where water and sewer combined is around $48. In Onalaska, rates recently increased, where water alone is $39, and combined with sewer through Polk County freshwater is $68.

Michael Hedrick spoke with the city council about a new RV park near the south end of Loop 393. The park would include 30 sites, with the possibility of expanding to just under 50 sites.
Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson told Hedrick he would need a plot layout for the purpose of planning water and sewer. 

The Goodrich Easter egg hunt, which has become an annual event, will be held once again on the campus of Goodrich ISD inside the track. The Honor Society will help with what should be around 5,000 eggs for the hunt, to take place Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.

Council has considered a device for around $3,000 that will detect water leaks. More research will be done by aldermen and contractors on whether it can also find water lines. Water leaks have cost the city thousands of dollars over the years. An agenda item of the possible purchase could appear in April’s regular meeting. 

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