To the Editor:
As usual, it’s a jab at the city administration.
If you have a registered underground sprinkler system in Killeen, you get an annual notice that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires an annual inspection and check of your backflow prevention check valve.
The current requirement is that the homeowner is responsible to have this done by a plumber, who in turn files his report with the city.
A quick check of area plumbers yields a price variance from $60 to $100.
In my view this is a proper job for the city’s Water and Sewer Department.
This expense could be easily placed on the appropriate month’s water bill, and given the volume, could likely be done at a much lower cost to the homeowner.
The city could either ask for a bid proposal and set up a fixed price contract with one or more local vendors or hire one or two new city employees.
In either case, it should result in lower costs, more consistency and easier payment for the homeowner.
The city would benefit because they could schedule and track the completions by sectors.
They could be certain of nearly 100 percent completion, there would be less paperwork and less postage expense.
In other words, it’s a win-win.
Retired Col. Charlie Rosenblum