Council takes steps to end arsenic woes
by Kenda Nelson
Sep 09, 2010 | 1290 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two years have come and gone since the first target date to filter arsenic out of Woodsboro’s municipal water supply was announced. But the light at the end of the tunnel got a little brighter at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Hector Castenada, an engineer with LNV Engineering of Corpus Christi, said work could start as early as Jan. 1 to begin installing the new system.

“As soon as he gets the equipment in, it moves pretty fast,” Castenada said.

The two bids received were opened Sept. 3 and Castenada recommended the council accept the lowest bid. However, Councilman Jimmy Blaschke queried the engineer about the past experience of TTE of Spring and whether some money will be held back until the successful completion of the job.

“This has been a long time coming and a lot of quarterly water reports have gone out,” Blaschke said.

In addition to the media filtration system, Betty Collier of Grantworks told the council that the town may be eligible for a grant to rehabilitate one of its elevated storage tanks. The application began approximately four years ago, so the town may be eligible in one or two years, Collier said.

The council approved a request from Grantworks to apply for a number of grants to the Texas Community Development Block Grants.

In other matters, the council approved a gift deed from Cherie Emick of Emick Investments for property at 304 Holmes St., Lot 3, Block 16, following discussion.

Mayor George Hernandez said, “We’ll have to clean it up either way.”

Attorney Donald Kubicek pointed out that accepting the property may cost the city less that putting a lien on the property for code violations.

The council also discussed adopting a policy for employees to wear steel-toed shoes following an accident. An employee dropped a manhole cover and broke his toe.

“It’s a good investment,” Hernandez said. “It’s better than paying worker’s comp.”

City Secretary Ruby DeLaGarza will investigate the cost of providing the shoes.
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