Angelina County Water Control Improvement District No. 4 owes more than $110,000 in sewer services and late fees, and the Diboll City Council voted Monday to sue the entity.
The district, which covers more than 40 houses outside the city limits, has not made consistent sewer bill payments for about two years.
Diboll City Attorney Jimmy Cassels said the city has been willing to work something out, but hasn’t been successful getting someone from the district to “come to the table.”
“It’s my understanding they are having problems with their system,” Cassels said. “A new system was put in, but there’s some mechanical issues. We’ve given them plenty of time, and no one seems to want to come to the council to address these issues. The council wants to move forward with legal action and hopefully to get someone to come to the table and help us resolve this issue. We’re not mad at anybody. We just want someone to talk to us.”
John Stover, the attorney for the district, said he hadn’t spoken with anyone from the city since last summer when he addressed the council about the issue.
“We know there’s a problem, and we continue to work to resolve it,” Stover said, adding he hasn’t been contacted about the lawsuit.
To start the meeting off, four members of Diboll City Council took the oath of office for new two-year terms. Mayor John McClain and council members Charles Moses Sr., Daniel Lopez and Lewis Ivey were unopposed in their bids for re-election.
Gerry Boren, city manager since January, is gradually changing the way the city acquires equipment. He is not in favor of leasing – made evident by requesting and being granted authorization to sign a contract with First Bank & Trust East Texas to finance the purchase of a greens mower for Neches Pines Golf Course. The interest will be 3 percent or less for the $33,000 piece of equipment. The older mower will be used by other departments.