Property damage to a residence on Maggard Street was discussed during a recent meeting of Benham City Council.
Water Plant Operator Charles Allison reported an old company line, possibly installed in 1964 on Maggard Street, runs through the middle of houses in that area. He said the main line had “stopped up a few weeks ago causing the sewer to back up into yards and into houses.”
The residence belongs to Missy Bowman.
Councilman George Massey said this issue had been brought up during Mayor John Dodd’s term and nothing had been done to correct the problem.
Allison went on to say a new line needs to be installed and that the city should contact PRIDE to see if they can help with this matter.
Mayor Wanda Humphrey said the city should take care of the damages done to the Bowman residence, but she wanted to discuss the matter with the council before a decision is made.
The council agreed the mayor should check into the legalities of the situation first.
Concerns were also brought up by council on whether the city’s insurance will pay to fix the damages at the Bowman residence.
City Clerk Jessica Smith told council she will check with the insurance company before council makes a decision.
In other action, councilman Darrell Creech asked if city taxes had been paid to the Internal Revenue Service.
“All but the first quarter.” Smith stated.
Smith said she was having to hold off on paying them because of an upcoming bond payment.
Humphrey assured council everything “will be paid.”
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