Sewer Advisory Task Force

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 The Sewer Advisory Task Force was dissolved by the Keller City Council at its June 21, 2016 meeting after Chairman Jim Weaver presented the group's final report and recommendations.

DOWNLOAD SEWER ADVISORY TASK FORCE 2016 FINAL REPORT

WATCH THE CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION (Item D-1)

The page below offers details and history of the task force's work.

 

The Keller City Council has established a Sewer Advisory Task Force to review existing conditions of the city’s sanitary sewers, and to submit their recommendation(s) for the future planning and management of sewers in the City of Keller.

The Task Force shall evaluate the history and current status of the city’s sewer system; all pertinent financial factors; potential costs, timelines and implementation for all options; and the impact of county, state or federal regulations on any policy or ordinance enacted by the city. 

The Sewer Advisory Task Force consists of nine citizens appointed by the City Council: Jim Weaver (chairman), Ray Brown (vice-chairman), John Baker, George Belcheff, Bob Hill, Chris McEnery, Dennis Morris, Chris Polidore and Norman Whitaker.

Upcoming Meeting:

Keller City Council
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.

 

All meetings of this committee are open to the public, who are invited to attend, listen and observe. The Task Force’s schedule is below, and all meetings will take place at Keller Town Hall (1100 Bear Creek Pkwy.) beginning at 3 p.m. with the exception of the public input meetings, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., respectively, to better accommodate working residents.

Meetings are also streamed live on the city's cable channels (190 for Charter, 31 for Verizon, 99 for AT&T and 807 for OneSource), and streamed and archived on this website through our Video on Demand service.

Stay Connected: To receive email notifications of this committee's meeting agendas, visit our Keller Connect system and sign up for the "Sewer Advisory Task Force" listed among the calendar options.

Tentative Meeting Schedule/Discussion Topics

Dec. 8: History of Sewers and Annexation in Keller

Jan. 12: Sewers 101 and Existing Conditions 

Jan. 26: Septic Systems 101

Feb. 9: Installation, Scope and Timeline (rescheduled topic)

Feb. 23: Funding Processes and Options for Sewer (rescheduled topic)

March 8: Public Input Meeting (6-8 p.m.)

March 22: Public Input Meeting/Development of Recommendations (6-7 p.m.)

March 29: Prepare and Finalize Recommendations for City Council

April 12: Prepare and Finalize Recommendations for City Council (4-6 p.m.)

TBD: Present Task Force Recommendations to City Council

Meeting dates, times and content review topics are subject to change. Please check back regularly or subscribe to the task force's agenda alerts via our Keller Connect system for the latest information.

Public Comment Opportunities

The Sewer Advisory Task Force has tentatively planned two public input meetings during this process in advance of formulating its recommendations to the City Council. Those meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays, March 8 and March 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at Keller Town Hall.

All written correspondence regarding this committee's work will be collected by staff and forwarded to members of the Sewer Advisory Task Force and the Keller City Council for their consideration.

 

Documents and Reference Material Distributed to Task Force Members

Charge to the Sewer Advisory Task Force

Sanitary Sewer Extension Task Force Final Report (1993)
Sanitary Sewer Extension Policy for Developed (Existing) Subdivisions (1997)
Windsor Forest Estates Citizen Assessment Letter (1999)
Sanitary Sewer Extension Policy for Developed Property or (Existing) Subdivisions (2004)
Water and Wastewater Tap and Impact Fees Charts
Potential Funding Scenario Spreadsheets

Map - Annexation History/Ordinance Language Regarding Sewer Service
Map - Locations Without Sewer Service
Map - Sewer Capital Improvement Projects
Map - Sewer Lines from Development Projects
Map - Sewer Master Plan

Please Note: Individual meeting presentations are available for download below in the
Program History section.

 

Program History

April 12, 2016
The Sewer Advisory Task Force finished its discussions and unanimously approved their recommendations to the Keller City Council. These recommendations will likely be presented to the City Council in late May or June. 

March 29, 2016
The Sewer Advisory Task Force discussed and debated their recommendations for the Keller City Council, generally deciding to go with a plan similar to Option 1 that included aspects of member George Belcheff's suggestions. Mr. Belcheff also submitted an amended version of his suggestions, and task force members determined they would need an additional meeting to finalize their work. 

March 22, 2016
About 80 people attended the second of two public input meetings planned at the Sewer Advisory Task Force level. Following attendees' browsing of booths of information, discussing the project with city staff and Task Force members, and voting among funding scenarios under consideration, the Task Force reconvened its meeting at 7 p.m. to begin discussing its recommendations to the Keller City Council. As part of that discussion, member George Belcheff presented a draft of his suggestions for the recommendation and the Task Force voted to debate and discuss his suggestions at the March 29 meeting.

Please Note: While Mr. Belcheff's recommendation includes mandatory tie-in measures, it remains the city's plan, as stated in both discussions and letters to residents since the beginning of this process in December, not to mandate tie-in for residential customers.

March 8, 2016
About 100 people attended the first of two public input meetings planned at the Sewer Advisory Task Force level. Attendees browsed booths of information, funding scenarios being considered and more, and had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss considerations with city staff and members of the task force. In addition to maps you can find featured in the grey box above, the booths featured the following information boards:

Feb. 23, 2016
Sewer Advisory Task Force members were presented three potential funding scenarios for expanding sewer to the remainder of Keller's septic users, including their impact on residents' sewer rates citywide and the potential for a "ready to use" fee charged to septic users who choose not to tie into the system once it is available. Staff also presented estimates on the cost of tying into the system for current septic users, and how other cities in the area handled septic elimination projects.

Feb. 9, 2016
Sewer Advisory Task Force members received an update on results from the septic user survey and learned more about the potential scope, timeline and cost of completing the city's sewer master plans.

Jan. 26, 2016
Sewer Advisory Task Force members heard from two important authorities regarding septic and sewer systems: Jeff Tate, the Water Section Manager-DFW Region for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, regarding the oversight of on-site sewage facility (septic systems) and sanitary sewer systems; and Rob White of Tarrant County, regarding regulation of septic and sanitary sewer systems.

Jan. 12, 2016
The Sewer Advisory Task Force reviewed results from the septic user survey, learned about the history and design of sewer, septic and aerobic systems, and received a Government Funds 101 presentation.

Dec. 8, 2015
The Sewer Advisory Task Force reviewed the history of sewers and annexation in Keller, discussed their charge, provided feedback on citizen surveying plans, and appointed a chairman and vice-chairman.

Dec. 1, 2015
The Keller City Council approved nine members of the Sewer Advisory Task Force and established the group's charge.

 

Questions regarding the Sewer Advisory Task Force and/or requests for more information should be directed to:

Sarah Hensley, Management Assistant
Phone: 817-743-4006                        
Email: shensley@cityofkeller.com

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