The Sherwood City Council on Monday received a proposal from a Pennsylvania firm that wants to offer city residents insurance for external sewer line repair or replacement.

The proposal received a first reading before city aldermen.

Utility Service Partners Private Label, Inc. (USP), doing business as Service Line Warranties of America wants to create a solicitation letter and offer Sherwood residents a chance to purchase the insurance.

"Many residents of Sherwood, Arkansas, have sewer lines on their property connecting their home to the city collection system," reads the ordinance. "Residents are responsible for upkeep and repair of lines connecting residences to the city collection system."

USP offers a program to service, repair or replace broken underground lines for residents who purchase the coverage.

"USP will create a citizen solicitation letter at no cost t the city, if the city will authorize entry of a contract between USP and the city, which authorizes the use of city artwork and related addresses with City of Sherwood approval of a solicitation letter," according to the ordinance.

The National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program, administered by Utility Service Partners, helps city residents save thousands of dollars on the high cost of repairing broken or leaking water or sewer lines. This program is offered at no cost to the city and is endorsed by the National League of Cities.

Residents who have not set aside money to pay for an unexpected, expensive utility line repair have an opportunity to obtain a low cost warranty that will provide repairs for a low monthly fee, with no deductibles or service fees. The work is performed by licensed, local plumbers who will call the customer within one hour of filing a claim. The repair is performed professionally and quickly, typically within 24 hours. USP provides a personally staffed 24/7 repair hotline for residents, 365 days a year.

The City of Durango, Colorado, became the 200th partner in the National League of Cities Service Line in May.

The National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program has nearly four million households nationwide, saving homeowners more than $45 million on the high cost of service line repairs.

In 2010, the National League of Cities joined forces with USP to address the need for affordable solutions for homeowners across the nation. Today, the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program is a leading provider of solutions for North American municipal and utility clients, bringing value to the client, homeowner and contractors in 32 states.

"The vision of USP has always been building peace of mind in the communities we serve for homeowners, government leaders and contractors alike," said Phil Riley, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Focused on helping communities address the aging infrastructure of private lines, the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program builds strategic partnerships with cities to ensure the warranty program meets specific community infrastructure needs and local code requirements. In addition to the National League of Cities Partnership, USP also works closely with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and numerous state and local municipal organizations. Endorsement from these leading organizations helped improve the visibility of the problem facing homeowners and the need for programs such as the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program.

"The National League of Cities has always placed an emphasis on strategic programs that help city leaders improve community life," said Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. "When USP presented their warranty program, it was really a simple decision to partner and bring this program to all of our member cities and beyond. It is truly a valuable resource for homeowners, contractors and the community infrastructure."