Texarkana, TX 30° View Live Radar Thu H 53° L 36° Fri H 65° L 41° Sat H 66° L 47° Weather Sponsored By:

Arkansas-side board OKs new Texarkana Water Utilities fees

Arkansas-side board OKs new Texarkana Water Utilities fees

October 16th, 2018 by Karl Richter in Texarkana News

Photo by Gazette Staff

Texarkana Water Utilities may charge new fees, the Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors decided Monday.

The board voted five to one to allow the new fees, which the Texarkana, Texas, City Council previously also had approved.

TWU will begin charging:

  • $100 for every two hours of smoke testing,
  • $250 for every three hours spent inspecting water mains via closed circuit television,
  • $100 for fire hydrant flow tests requested by customers,
  • $135 for backflow testing,
  • $60 per liquid waste transport permit, and
  • $15 per septic waste manifest book.

The fees for smoke testing, inspecting mains via closed circuit television and fire hydrant flow tests are new, meaning fees have not been charged for these services in the past.

However, fees have been in place for backflow testing, liquid waste transport permits and septic waste manifest book. Monday's action by the board will slightly increase these existing fees.

TWU Executive Director J.D. Phillips emphasized to the board that the fees are meant to offset costs of services provided.

Ward 2 Director Laney Harris voted against the measure, and Ward 3 Director Tim Johnson was absent.

In other business, the board continued to consider new land use rules to accommodate smaller homes.

Proposed changes to city ordinances would allow single-family residences on lots smaller than those where home construction is now allowed. The changes are recommended by the city Planning Commission, which took up the matter after Mayor Ruth Penney-Bell asked them to look into the "tiny house" movement.

Living in tiny houses—typically defined as less than 400 square feet in size but often as small as 100 square feet—has become a trend among cost-conscious homeowners aiming to simplify their lives.

The board heard a second reading of an ordinance that would enact the changes. A third reading and vote will follow at the board's next regular meeting, scheduled for Nov. 5.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com