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alliances with any portion of the foreign world.."
George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
STAR: A journey through the solar system
ON THIS PAGE: Lewisville Sewer Cleanout Program is going way - that is OK. But....
Some Background: For a number of years the City of
Lewisville had been offering a service to clean out your sewer line
if it gets clogged. Here is the current pay Schedule (as of
01-01-2012) before it goes
here to see online before it goes away).
Sewer Line Cleaning Fee Schedule
|During normal business hours
||After normal business hours
|Monday - Friday
||Monday - Friday
|7 AM - 10
||10 PM - 7 AM
||Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
02-02-2012 - At the Planning Retreat...
ITEM 6: Utility Line Insurance Program -
I am against this. In my opinion this
is nothing but endorsing an insurance company for the Water and
Sewer Utility lines at your home or business. Currently, the
City will come out to your home to clear the outside sewer drain
for free or a very competitive price. Typically, you would
call a plumber and that is probably where it should be. If
the City is going to offer such a service, it really should not
be at the expense of citizens either. Too big a topic to go
I was the
only one against endorsing an insurance company. I think the
City should encourage insurance but not determine which company
to promote. The excuse is a lower rate??? The insurance
company did not have spend any money on advertising as the City
will do it all in water bills so maybe they are offering a break
there??? What a gig that is... I do not like this at
all. This will come to a council vote in the near future.
We all agreed that the City should get out of the plumbing
business and only respond to the Main drainage. I recommend
calling a plumber from the yellow pages
for a stoppage. There was also talk about how to do
a limited refund on the plumber bill if it was the City's problem.
I am not sure on how this was supposed to be determined so more
details will be needed before a vote comes.
09-10-2012: Lewisville City Council Meeting:
5:45 PM - WORKSHOP SESSION - ITEM B. Discontinuation of Sewer Clean Out Program
- NOTE: I Wrote the following after the meeting on this
date. Please see my next post for 'changes'.
Post Meeting Comments on this Topic:
I am a little
frustrated on this topic. I am currently up late because I
just cannot sleep. Here is a brief overview...
- It has not come to the Council for a final vote at this
have been discussing this since the last retreat.
was a nice service that was offered by the City but the City should not be in the plumbing
business. I am OK with getting out of the Plumbing
business. There are more than enough private businesses that compete for this type of service and the City should not compete with private businesses.
- In the meeting tonight it was discussed that if you hire a plumber to clean your drain, a reimbursement (of a Set Fee amount that is yet to be determined) will be issued if the clog is in the City Main.
The Private property owner will be responsible for cleaning
out their Sewer drain all the way to the Sewer Main.
That makes sense to me and this is OK since it is your clog. I do not know the details
on how the reimbursement will work. No decision has been made
at this point.
- Also that the property owner would be required to repair the sewer
drain pipe all the way to the City Sewer Main which could be way
past the property line to include under the sidewalk, curb,
and street. I even drew a diagram and asked the
Assistant City Manager about the repair. Again, it was
told to me that the property owner would be responsible to
the City Sewer Main. I AM AGAINST THIS definition of
responsibility. I believe that the property owner
should be responsible for the repair of the pipe in the
private property area up to the Right of Way. The City
should take care of the Right or Way to the Sewer Main.
NOTE: The information in this
bullet has been updated on 09-12-2010 below - the property
owner will not be responsible for the Right of Way to the
City Sewer Main.
- Since it will be quite expensive to fix the Sewer pipe
to the City Sewer Main because you may be required to also
fix the sidewalk, curb, and street - as it was explained to
me on the previous bullet point.- they want property owners
to opt-in to a company that they suggest / endorse / promote
- yes, a single Insurance Company called USP Inc.
I AM AGAINST THIS as we should not promote a single company
over the others in the private sector. If the repair
will be required all the way to the Sewer main then we
should inform property owners to be sure they are covered
with their home owners insurance.
NOTE: The information in
this bullet has been updated on 09-12-2010 below - that the
property owner is not responsible for the repair past the
private property line..
- It was also mentioned that we will do this promotion
free of charge to USP Inc and we will not get a portion of
the accounts. We will not be doing the billing and the
account with all the rules of use will be handled by USP
Inc. The property owner will pay the endorsed
insurance company should the property owner choose to opt
into doing this.
09-12-2012: Since Monday
night’s meeting and the way I understood the issue, it seems that
there is some clarification on what was meant…. I spoke with
Assistant City manager Steve Bacchus this morning…. So, overall,
here is a brief outline Concerning the changes to the Sewer Drain
Clean out Policy of the City of Lewisville.
- I am OK with getting out of the plumbing business.
There are more than enough private businesses that compete for
this type of service and the City should not compete with
- About Clogs: Citizens are responsible for cleaning
out clogs in their outside sewer drain all the way to the City
Sewer Main (past the property line) but not responsible for the
clog in the City Sewer Main. If you hire a plumber to clean your
sewer drain, a reimbursement (of a Set Fee amount that is yet to
be determined) will be issued if the clog is in the City Main.
Expectedly, you will have to pay the plumber for his services to
make sure that your sewer drain is clear of a clog – even if
there is still a backup because of a clog in the City Sewer
Main. That City Sewer Main clog may be past your
connection and the Plumber should not go that far anyway.
The way the City determines a clog in the City Sewer Main this
is by coming out, open a manhole cover, see it backing up, and
then they clear it. That is, if the pressure has not already
pushed the clog (sometimes they are temporary).
- Repair of Sewer Drains lines to the Main: Mr.
Bacchus stated that the City will be responsible for the repair
on the City side and that Citizens will be responsible for
repair on their private property side. The Property owner has
ALWAYS been responsible for repairs of their Sewer Drain on
their private property. NOTE:
This is an update from the previous dated entry.
- I do want to note…. He did mention that if a
Citizen hires a plumber to replace the connection to the
City Sewer Main, it will include the cost of repairing the
street, curb, etc… BUT that would not be necessary because
the City will fix the pipe past the property line… I am not
sure why this was mentioned in Monday’s meeting since we are
only responsible for the Private property side.
- Again, Endorsing or promoting any single business over
others – I am against this. The City is looking at recommending
to Citizens to use an Insurance company called USP Inc to cover
Sewer line cleanouts and repairs. There was no mention of a
deductable or a charge if called again in a certain time frame.
Those details will come from the insurance company.
I believe that we should not mention a specific company name as
this would be endorsing or promoting a company. I believe that
the City should just inform citizens that they should look at
their home owners insurance coverage and make sure that they
have Sewer line Repair coverage since citizens are (and always
have been) responsible for their sewer line repair to their
property line AND to clean out the clog all the way to the City
02-04-2014: ITEM 7. Consideration of an Ordinance
Amending the Lewisville City Code, Chapter 16, Sections
16-99 and 16-100 Regarding Emergency Cleaning of Private
Residential Sewer Service Lines and Procedures.
The City will cease any clearing of sewer line stoppages
in residential private sewer lines effective March 1,
2013. The ordinance retains that maintenance of the
private residential sewer lines is the responsibility of
the owner, tenant or occupant, however removes language
regarding City requirement to clear sewer line stoppages
in the private sewer line from the house to the City
That the City Council approve ordinance as set forth in
the caption above.