TCEQ evaluates Edgewood water tank, dam City joins Piney Woods 911 District


Wolf Den of Edgewood performed the Posting of Colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance at the September Edgewood City Council meeting. The boy scouts are in the second grade. From left to right, Noah Maldonado, Israel Martinez, Dillon Davis, Travis Ferguson, with leader Whit Davis.

The Edgewood City Council met Sept. 25 to discuss a resolution that would allow the creation of the Piney Woods 911 District.

 

David Cleveland of the East Texas Council of Governments spoke to the council and answered questions concerning the city approving the resolution.

 

According to Cleveland, “the creation of the district would allow 911 tax dollars to remain local rather than going to the state and allow local regulation. The new 911 District will manage the 911 system and assign addresses to make sure first responders can easily locate residents in need of service. The Piney Woods 911 District will encompass 10 counties which include 51 jurisdictions and 850,000 residents.”

After discussion, the resolution was approved unanimously.

In other business, Edgewood City Administrator Petra Marley and Edgewood Police Chief David Hammond presented findings regarding an ordinance dealing with businesses with grease traps.

According to Marley, “Unfortunately, grease is finding its way into the city sewer system which is costing the city approximately $100,000 a year in chemicals to treat the water at the sewer station.”

Marley continued stating, “some local businesses are already having their grease traps emptied professionally and will just need to provide the city with the necessary documentation. The ordinance will not only affect local restaurants but include the school district, daycares, car washes and automotive repair facilities.”

The council adopted an ordinance written by the TCEQ. The ordinance will allow business owners 12 to 18 months to come into compliance with the ordinance passed by the council.

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