ORDINANCE NO. 2023-04 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SEYMOUR, TEXAS, ADOPTING A WATER CONSERVATION AND DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN; ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR THE INITIATION AND TERMINATION OF DROUGHT RESPONSE STAGES; ESTABLISHING RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN WATER USES; ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATIONS OF AND PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THESE RESTRICTIONS; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR GRANTING VARIANCES; AND PROVIDING SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Jan 23, 2024

ORDINANCE NO. 2023-04

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SEYMOUR, TEXAS, ADOPTING A WATER CONSERVATION AND DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN; ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR THE INITIATION AND TERMINATION OF DROUGHT RESPONSE STAGES; ESTABLISHING RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN WATER USES; ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATIONS OF AND PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THESE RESTRICTIONS; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR GRANTING VARIANCES; AND PROVIDING SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, the City of Seymour, Texas recognizes that the amount of water available to the City and its water utility customers is limited and subject to depletion during periods of extended drought;

WHEREAS, the City recognizes that natural limitations due to drought conditions and other acts of God cannot guarantee an uninterrupted water supply for all purposes;

WHEREAS, Sections 11.1271 and 11.1272 of the Texas Water Code and applicable rules of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality require all public water supply systems in Texas to prepare a drought contingency plan; and in Texas to prepare a drought contingency plan; and

WHEREAS, these plans once approved and reviewed every five (5) years; and

WHEREAS, as authorized under law, and in the best interests of the citizens of Seymour, Texas, the City Council deems it expedient and necessary to establish certain rules and policies for the orderly and efficient management of limited water supplies during drought and other water supply emergencies;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEYMOUR, TEXAS:

Section 1.    That the City of Seymour, Texas Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan attached hereto as Appendix “B” and made part hereof for all purposes be, and the same is hereby, adopted as the official policy of the City.

Section 2.    That all ordinances that are in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance be, and the same are hereby, repealed and all other ordinances of the City not in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 3.    Should any paragraph, sentence, subdivision, clause, phrase, or section of this ordinance be adjudged or held to be unconstitutional, illegal, or invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of this ordinance as a whole or any part or provision thereof, other than the part so declared to be invalid, illegal, or unconstitutional.

Section 4.    This ordinance shall take effect immediately from and after its passage and the publication of the caption, as the law in such cases provides.

DULY PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF SEYMOUR, TEXAS, ON THE 20TH DAY OF APRIL, 2023.

APPROVED:

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Mayor Jon Hrncirik, City of Seymour

ATTEST :

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City Secretary, Conchita Torrez,  TRMC

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

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City Attorney