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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Newburg aldermen help resolve sewer issue

  • NEWBURG — Much of the Tuesday, July 9, Newburg Board of Aldermen meeting was spent listening to new homeowner Stacey Burress and her never-ending septic sewer problems.
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  • NEWBURG — Much of the Tuesday, July 9, Newburg Board of Aldermen meeting was spent listening to new homeowner Stacey Burress and her never-ending septic sewer problems.
    In April of this year she purchased a house on State Highway T. It didn't take long before she discovered that dirty water was backing up into the house and water was inexplicably spitting out of the sink.
    She noticed that there was an awful odor as well that would seep through the house from time to time.
    She had a plumber come and snake her sewer line. She even had a pipe replaced from her house to the city's main line.
    The problem seemed to be resolved.
    "About a week or so later the whole house reeked. It was horrific," Burress told the board. "I got my kids out of my house. I went under the house and literally the whole underneath of my house was flooded with backed up sewage."
    Burress caught pneumonia which her doctor confirmed was related to the bacteria found in the raw sewage. She missed seven days of work.
    She had to have her whole yard dug up with a backhoe to resolve this problem.
    It was discovered that the problem was occurring where the sewer line from the house met the city's main sewer line.
    It was surmised that the problem began when the line for the house was first installed decades ago. Burress said she had to have her house sewer line replaced to the city's line.
    "I am here tonight because I would like credit on the sewer work that was done and credit on the water," Burress said to Mayor James Poucher and the three board members. "There were no sewage going through your lines. It was going under my house."
    The mayor and council members were adamant that they were willing to help. After some deliberating and a review of what the Newburg city ordinances state in this regard, a motion was made to give Burress a $350 credit on her water and sewer.
    In other news, the board unanimously accepted the resignation of Alyson Garvey. Last month the two-term councilwoman submitted her letter of resignation after accepting a new job in Santa Cruz, Calif.
    Finally the mayor introduced a number of ordinances for the council to review. These included laws relating to dogs at large, feral cats and inoperable vehicles. These ordinances will be debated and voted on in the August board meeting.
    In the meantime, a letter will be drafted updating Newburg citizens about previous ordinance changes that have been passed such as speed limits and dog and cat ordinances. This letter will be inserted in the upcoming mailing of the town's water bill.
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