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072122 tap fees

By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council is looking to increase its sewer and water tap fees as the city loses money — up to $1,000 per site.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, council members found that the city charges $250 per tap, while it costs between $700 and $800. For new construction needing both sewer and water service, the total cost is just under $1,500.

City Manager Steven Jones said the city loses approximately $6,100 in revenue per month.

Mayor Pro Tem sought to raise the price to $1,400, but his motion died, and Council Member Clegg DeWalt moved to table the matter until a cost analysis could be made, including calls to nearby cities to determine what is charged there.

In a separate matter, the city will hold a special meeting Thursday to plan the city’s sesquicentennial as well as receive input on a city beautification plan.

Trinity’s 150th anniversary will be in November.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. July 21 at City Hall.

In other business, the council:

•approved taking bids for mowing services on city property;

•approved a resolution rejecting a rate hike requested by Entergy Texas;

•approved setting a mileage reimbursement rate at 62.5 cents per mile, with council member Smith voting against it;

•approved seeking bids for ADA handrails for the Community Center; and

•approved the purchase of three trucks for the city for $40,000.

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