Seagoville Quarterly Newsletter
First Quarter 2018
Keep Fat, Oils and Grease (FOG) out of the Sewer System
Fats, oils, and grease—FOG—comes from meat fats in food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy, and food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, and sour cream.
FOG poured down kitchen drains accumulates inside sewer pipes. As the FOG builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.
Manholes can overflow into parks, yards, streets, and storm drains, allowing FOG to contaminate local waters, including drinking water. Exposure to untreated wastewater is a public-health hazard.
FOG discharged into septic systems and drain fields can cause malfunctions, resulting in more frequent tank pump-outs and other expenses.
Restaurants, cafeterias, and fast-food establishments spend tens of thousands of dollars on plumbing emergencies each year to deal with grease blockages and pump out grease traps and interceptors. These expenses can be a significant. Communities spend billions of dollars every year unplugging or replacing grease-blocked pipes, repairing pump stations, and cleaning up costly and illegal wastewater spills. Excessive FOG in the sewer system can affect local wastewater rates.
So, keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps everyone in the community.
Following these dos and don’ts will help you and your neighbors avoid expensive sewer backups, plumbing emergencies, and rate increases to cover sewer maintenance and repairs, while helping protect water quality in your community.
- Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it by pouring it into a sealable container and placing the sealed container in the trash. To recycle large amounts, such as what’s left over from a catfish fry or frying a turkey, contact a local recycler by looking in the yellow pages under “Greases” or “Rendering.” If you have a lot of oil to dispose of, use clay cat litter. Just mix the litter, a little at a time, into the oil. When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag, seal the bag, then dispose of it in your regular trash.
- Scrape food scraps into the trash, not the sink.
- Wipe pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, then throw away the paper towels.
- Place a catch basket or screen over the sink drain when rinsing dishware, or when peeling or trimming food, to catch small scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain. Throw the scraps in the trash.
- Rinse dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher. Hot water melts the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) off the dishes and into the sewer pipes. Later on in the sewer, the hot water cools and the FOG may clog the pipes.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal or food grinder. Grinding food up before rinsing it down the drain does not remove FOG; it just makes the pieces smaller. Even non-greasy food scraps can plug your home’s sewer lines. So, don't put food of any kind down the drain.
- Don’t pour cooking oil, pan drippings, bacon grease, salad dressings, or sauces down the sink or toilet, or into street gutters or storm drains.
- Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will end up in the sewer.
- Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
- Don't flush any type of wipe down the commode. Even flushable wipes only break down into smaller pieces. This gives FOG something to cling to and build up more quickly.
Preparations Begin for 2018 City Officers
The 2018 City Officers' election will be held on Saturday, May 5th. This year’s slate of offices includes Councilmembers to represent Places 1, 3 and 5.
The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 17th. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16th. Applications for a place on the ballot are available at City Hall in the office of the City Secretary. Candidates must meet any state requirements along with the City qualifications for candidacy including: petition signed by twenty-five (25) qualified voters residing within the City and shall be a resident of the City for one (1) year.
Councilmember Places are elected at large by majority vote.
Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 5th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 5th election. Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Library.Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (214) 819-6389.
Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 287-6819.
Seagoville Fire Department News
If you have lived in the City of Seagoville for any length of time you have certainly noticed the growth the city is experiencing. This growth is exciting for the residents of Seagoville as well as our city leaders and employees. The Fire Department has recently added a new tool to their tool box to help deal with emergencies in the city of Seagoville, as well as neighboring cities that call for our help. The Fire Department recently took delivery of a 100 foot, 2018 Pierce Arrow XT Ladder Truck.
Truck 1 was put into service during the traditional "Push In" ceremony at the fire station on December 1st. All members of the department have completed the manufacturers' training program to learn the truck's tools and features. The new truck will assist the department with all types of emergencies including, but not limited to structure fires, vehicle accidents, high and low angle rescues just to name a few. The addition of this equipment is an exciting time for everyone in the department and should be for the citizens as well. If you have not seen the truck around town yet, keep your eyes peeled for it. It is quite the vehicle!
Happy New Year to the citizens of Seagoville and thank you for your continued support.
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Seagoville Police Department Toy Drive 2017
On December 16, 2017 the Citizens Police Academy in conjunction with the Seagoville Police Department, presented the annual toy drive for Seagoville area children. Through the efforts of this great program, over 160 children were treated to a better Christmas holiday. Special thanks to Officer Kenny Dickerson and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni for their hard work and dedication to this program and all that they do throughout the year for our community.
Seagoville Police Department Receives Grant for New Radios
In September of this year the Seagoville Police Department was awarded a grant through the Governor’s office for the purchase of thirty new multi band portable radios in the amount of $79,864.70. These radios enhance communications between ourselves, as well as give your officers interoperability capabilities to communicate in real time with outside agencies who have advanced communication systems. These new portable radios have been purchased, received and issued to all sworn personnel. Special thanks to City Management and City Council for supporting the department to participate and submit for these grant funds.
Third Saturday Clean Up
In response to citizen requests, the City of Seagoville provides access to city sponsored dumpsters on the third Saturday of each month. Trash, debris and electronics may be disposed of at the City of Seagoville Service Center.
This service is free to Seagoville residents. A Seagoville water/trash bill and driver’s license must be presented at the disposal location, 101 N. Watson, Seagoville, Texas. Service hours are from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on the third Saturday of the month.
Dates to Remember
The City of Seagoville Municipal Building, Library and Senior Center will be Closed:
- January 1, 2018 - in Observance of New Year's Day
- January 15, 2018 - in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 19, 2018 - in Observance of Presidents' Day
Mark your calendar - April 7, 2018
Keep Seagoville Beautiful "Don't Mess With Texas" Trash Off
Coming in April, 2018 ~ Leadership Seagoville
Leadership Seagoville is a series of seven (7) free educational sessions designed to familiarize and educate Seagoville residents about the structure, functions and activities of city government. Each session provides participants with in-depth awareness and knowledge of local government operations. It can also provide the education and skills necessary to serve on the city’s boards and commissions or to assume leadership roles within the community. Participants will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Watch for more information on our website and Facebook.