Pottsboro hopes to reduce fine

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

POTTSBORO, TX -- Pottsboro city leaders are hoping they don't have to pay a $220,000 dollar fine. Earlier this month Texas environmental commissioners slapped the fine on the city for non-compliance at a sewer plant.

The city council discussed the issue at their meeting Monday night. City manager Kevin Farley has compiled the necessary paperwork, showing how the city has fixed the problem. Officials hope the TCEQ will reduce the cost of the fine.

City officials say they knew they would be fined, but were shocked when they learned the amount. Mayor Frank Budra says $220,300 is an amount for a Dallas or Fort Worth-sized city, not a small community like Pottsboro.

"We have responded totally and completely to the violation itself,” Budra says. “It was corrected in short order. We are now in full compliance. We've done everything they wanted us to do and now we'd like them to address the amount of this fine."

Pottsboro officials sent the documents by overnight mail to Austin and hope to receive an answer soon.


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  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Nov 21, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    TCEQ should reduce their fine, if and when they refund the traffic fines they've collected for the last half-dozen years....yah, right :)
  • by john Location: denison on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    who care sabout pottsboroits a little junk town anyway if it wasnt for the lake it would not be anything make them pay the fine i say
  • by Paying too much myself Location: Pottsboro on Nov 21, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    Our city leaders are not concerned with this issue or it would have never got to this point. I relize it is a money issue to fix the problems but if our local builders would chip in by adding the cost on to the new homes and not on the local residents we would not have to be paying the rates we are paying for water within the city limits. The 2 main builders in Pottsboro are doing anything they can to pad their pockets and are not concerned about the effects on the long time residents. The impact fees shoyuld be high enough to defure the cost of upgrading the sewer plant to handle the new growth. If we get stuck with this fine I think the cost should be passed on to the local builders by way of higher fees for new homes, not making our water bill any higher than it is now.
  • by anonymous Location: North Texas on Nov 20, 2007 at 08:51 PM
    It seems from the other stories KXII has posted: Pottsboro "knew" they had the problem...so fix it and pay the fine so the boatowners don't have to. THANKS!!
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