• December 19, 2014

Salado aldermen extend evaluation of sewer plant

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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 4:30 am

SALADO — Aldermen voted Thursday to continue discussions on acceptance of a sewer plant offered by the Stagecoach Inn, which was approved at the last meeting.

The privately owned plant’s operating permit expires in January 2016.

Alderman Bryan Fields said the board has an obligation to exercise due diligence in making certain it is in good condition and would not cost taxpayers an excessive amount of money to maintain.

He recommended an inspection from the Bell County Health Agency. Village administrator Jim Reed explained that laws have to be followed to get permits and to get them renewed. He also said liabilities are an issue.

Alderman Shannon Ashe said the resolution passed and officials should accept it.

Fields also asked if the village wants to get into the wastewater business.

Alderman Bryan Fitch said an inspection is like buying a house — it’s part of the process.

After the discussion, members voted to further evaluate taking possession of the plant pending an inspection.

In other business:

Aldermen approved a senior living project, even though its income requirements do not meet Section 8 levels.

“It’s a project we need in the community,” Alderman Fred Brown said.

Reed’s contract was renewed for another six months while aldermen continue to decide whether to hire a full-time administrator.

The road improvement evaluation was rejected.

Larry Barrier’s appointment to Planning and Zoning Commission was approved.

A public hearing on the first reading on an ordinance calling for a May general election was conducted.

A first reading of an ordinance calling for a May local option liquor election was heard.

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