Exeter sells sewer jetter

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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While Exeter’s 15-year-old sewer jetter did little good for the size of the city’s lines, there are options to utilize when dealing with clogging issues.

Myrna Eisenbraun, Exeter city clerk, said the city declared the sewer jetter as surplus property and sold it for $1,500.

“Really it was just too small for our lines,” she said. “It was geared to be used more on residential lines. Also, we kept having issues with it.”

Eisenbraun said the pump kept going out, and it was costing the city quite a bit of money to continue to repair it.

“It was 15 years old,” she said. “The batteries had some sort of a short in it which we nickeled and dimed for far too long.”

The sewer jetter essentially wasn’t doing the city any good.

“If we were to purchase one which is more geared to our lines, it would be very costly,” Eisenbraun said. “A jetter is good for situations where there is a clog or an issue with tree roots, but we don’t really have that problem too often.”

Eisenbraun said the city has been fortunate in the three occasions that it has happened to have neighboring cities with sufficient equipment to come in and help.

The city of Exeter has also been researching information on annexing properties into the city limits.

“There are some properties on the east side of town,” Eisenbraun said. “This includes three existing properties and a two-acre lot. There are people building a business on the two-acre lot.”

The possible business owners approached the council about the possibility of annexation.

“This is all still very much in the beginning stages,” she said. “We would like to pursue it, but we are taking baby steps.”

Eisenbraun said it has been quite some time since anything was annexed into the city limits.

“And even then, it was just one residential lot,” she said. “The benefits to the city are great when discussing a new business in the city limits.”

The main benefit, especially with a new business, is potential sales tax revenue.

“And for the business, they will have access to city water and sewer,” she said. “We have already approved for the business to use city water, as long as they come to our main. We won’t take anything out to them.”

Eisenbraun said the new business owners want to extend their business to Exeter so that the community could benefit.

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