The city of Uvalde is cracking down on past-due utility bills in an effort to encourage residents to make timely payments. Currently, the city is owed more than $700,00 in past-due utility payments.
“Our utility aging receivables show a large number of utility accounts that are over 60 days delinquent,” said Marty Coursey, finance director for the city of Uvalde. “This is mainly due to customers that have not had their services disconnected for nonpayment in a timely manner.”
Coursey noted that disconnection should take place 35 days from the resident’s due date. Instead, services have been allowed to remain active for up to four months.
Coursey said many customers have also been given extended credit and allowed to make $5 to $20 payments on bills due to hardships or – when contesting the bill accuracy – choose not to pay the current bill until an adjustment is determined.
As Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members (right and background) douse what's left of a Batesville home, smoke engulfs the crumpled tin and other household items. The fire occurred Thursday on Old Loma Vista Road. UVFD was dispatched to assist firefighters on the scene.
The 21 collective members of the Alderson and Moore families will forever be linked by an unselfish act of kindness – and a kidney – donated by one family to save another. Debbie Alderson agreed to give her kidney to a person she had never met – a complete stranger by the name of Jason Moore. Alderson is the wife of Bo and mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are adopted. The family owns a local business and has lived in Uvalde for many years.
Moore, father of five children and husband of Audra, moved to Uvalde from Odessa at the end of last year.
The two families have grown to be fast friends, and after seeing them interact for just a few minutes, it is unbelievable to think they only met a few months prior.
“Between us we have enough children for a football team,” Alderson joked of their large clans.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) has lifted Stage 2 restrictions for Edwards Aquifer users within the Uvalde Pool. The change is now effective, but the EAA cautioned that a return to Stage 2 is likely without rainfall in the near future.
The lifting of Stage 2 means that Uvalde County is under no mandatory pumping reductions. Despite this change in EAA policy, the city of Uvalde has not revised or lifted local water restrictions. As it stands now, city utility customers are still expected to follow Stage 5 water restrictions as ordered by Uvalde City Council.
The pool has been under some form of pumping reductions since March 28, 2013.
The EAA was able to lift Stage 2 based on the 10-day rolling average water level at the J27 index well in Uvalde rising to more than 850 feet above mean sea level. Stage 2 required Edwards groundwater permit holders to reduce pumping by 5 percent off their authorized amounts.
According to a 30-year trend calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, Southwest Texas’ peak heat of summer runs from Aug. 11-15.
On average, heat-related illnesses cause more than 600 deaths every year. From 2001 to 2010, more than 28,000 people were hospitalized for heat-related illnesses, explains a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
People suffering from heat-related illnesses may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting. Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash and fainting or near-fainting spells. Anyone showing these signs should be moved to a cooler location and lie down; apply cool, wet cloths to the body; and sip non-alcoholic fluids.
Key ingredients sit on local store shelves and can cost less than $100, which, according to police, is why the production and use of methamphetamine is a growing problem in Uvalde.
Just last month, Uvalde law enforcement arrested two men and one woman allegedly involved in the production, use or distribution of methamphetamine.
The designer drug is made of toxic and flammable ingredients including acetone, lithium, toluene, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and ammonia, which are found in household items like drain cleaners, battery acid, and antifreeze.
According to police, the chemicals can remain on household surfaces for months or years, causing cancer, organ damage and other health problems.
Methamphetamine can be snorted, injected, ingested, or smoked. Common street names include meth, crank, chalk and speed.