Water Department superintendent Cliff Lynn said the crew was performing routine maintenance and noticed that the beige paint inside the tank was turning blue and “rubbing off on our hands.”
The crew took the tank off line and reported the incident to LNV Engineering to figure out the problem. The engineering firm was in charge of the original project.
“It does not pose a threat to health and the tank will be kept off line until everything is repaired,” Lynn said.
The tank is the newest in the system and remains under warranty, according to Lynn.
During last Tuesday night’s meeting, the council set two public hearings for Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 concerning a proposed tax increase to 87 cents per $100 property value.
The council also voted to request TCEQ to do a rate study for the water and wastewater departments, as requested by Councilman Garrett Engelking. The studies are free, Engleking said.
The mayor told the council that the Refugio Volunteer Fire Department is in line to receive two brush trucks from grant money from the USDA - Rural Development, as part of the national stimulus package.”
A request for the trucks was made following a call from this area’s USDA representative.
“Jake Sheeran asked us if we needed anything,” Jaso said. “There is no match needed.”
The council also tabled a request for $6,854.40 in hotel-motel tax money from the Refugio County Jamboree until a representative can attend the meeting and explain the request. Council members said they wanted to determine if some of the money requested meets the criteria for the fund.