City utility workers this week installed a new gate valve at East Brin and North Blanche streets and were working to repair a leaking water main that had caused water to pool in a nearby ditch.

The City Council last week authorized $75,000 to deal with the troublesome valve, which had to be isolated and bypassed. A company called Rangeline was brought in to isolate the valve.

City officials had feared that if repairs were not made soon, water service to a portion Northeast Terrell, including the Terrell State Hospital, could potentially be interrupted.

Assistant City Engineer Mike Mikeska told the council that old valves become corroded and worn over time, and eventually the city may have to replace others in the area. The valves in question are more than 50 years old.

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