LAMPASAS — The City Council on Monday agreed to reimburse about 30 residents of the Hoffpauir subdivision 50 percent of construction costs to repair improper drainage and sewer issues in their neighborhood.
Residents packed the council chambers in support of the project. Hoffpauir homeowner Francine Wenmohs said she began asking for the city’s help with the sewer problem more than 30 years ago.
“I’ve worked through various mayors, councils and administrations, and nothing has been done,” she said. “Other subdivisions have been built, and we’ve just been left behind, and the money for this has been sitting there since 2002.”
Many homeowners said they have held up their end of the obligation as residents, by paying taxes and contributing to city services, and demanded the council take responsibility.
“I’m not saying we’re going to right any wrongs, but we’ve got to do something,” Councilman Chris Harrison said.
Reimbursements for installing lines to connect homes to the existing pump station will be made as straight payments to homeowners who submit invoices after construction is completed. About $800 in tap fees also will be waived, City Manager Finley deGraffenried said.
In other business, the council approved street superintendent Shane Brown’s request for $49,971 for reconstruction projects on Briggs and Northington streets.
“L.A. Porter (Construction) was the only bidder for the second year in a row,” Brown said, noting that the bid estimate was $200 more than last year. He attributed the increase to a rise in fuel costs.