City of Fritch accuses L.A. Fuller and Sons of stealing water - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Fritch water fight

Fritch, TX - L.A. Fuller and Sons is in Fritch working on a road construction project for the city's elementary school, a job they say requires a lot of water. 

Both the city and the construction company have different stories of how they obtained the water they needed and what dollar amount was greed upon. 

Last Thursday, Fuller and sons received a $100,000 bill for 80,000 gallons of water. 

"Once I received the invoice, I thought that there was a mistake. Someone had put the wrong number on there," said Co-owner of L.A. Fuller and Sons Josh Fuller. 

Fuller says the city calculated $1.25 a gallon for 80,000 gallons of water. 

"That was completely different for what was quoted and what was advertised," said Fuller. 

According to the city's water ordinance, Fuller and Sons should have been charged $295 per 1,000 gallons of water, a total of $236. Or they could have been charged by Fritch's bulk rate, $10 per 1,000 equaling $800. Both of those figures falling far short of the invoice received last week. 

"I called and spoke with the city manager, and he told me that was the rate they were now going to charge us for water," said Fuller. 

NewsChannel 10 reached out to the Fritch city manager, Steven McKay on where he got this rate. He declined to comment on camera and said over the phone that he came up with the rate himself because he thought Fuller and Sons stole water from the city. He declined further comment before talking with the county attorney. 

"The city manager got called to our recycling center in reference to some people hooked onto a water source that's not suppose to be used," said Fritch Chief of Police Monte Leggett. 

Chief Leggett says two employees from Fuller and Sons said a city employee gave them permission to pump, but Leggett didn't believe it.

"We had not agreed to supply water of any kind of bulk situation because our customers and our citizens come first. We are very cautious of our water system right now," said Leggett. 

The city is looking at charging Fuller and Sons with criminal trespassing and theft for the water. In the meantime, Fuller's construction project is on hold until the $100,000 issue is settled. 

McKay later text messaged NewsChannel 10's Angelica Brown and said not to contact him again if we ran this story Thursday night. 

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