Praise flows to city leaders
Feb 22, 2012 | 911 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although recent winter rains have been a godsend to this semiarid region, we are not out of the drought yet.

Some farmers, ranchers and property owners received more than an inch from last weekend’s showers.

Yet Lake Corpus Christi’s water level was reported at 82.16 feet as of Feb. 21, down 11.84 feet from the full pool of 94 feet – and about eight feet lower than last year at this time.

In other words, it’s going to take many more downpours to make a dent in our moisture level disparity.

That is why it is gratifying to hear that Beeville’s City Council took a positive step on Monday evening.

The council approved a motion to place another $10,000 a month into the city’s Tex Pool Account for the water supply district to use in making improvements and repairs to the city’s aging surface water system.

That doubles the city’s previous amount and gives the district $240,000 a year for maintenance of the multimillion dollar system.

City Manager Tom Ginter encouraged the council to assist the water district, which has been forced to spend almost all the money in the Tex Pool Account.

Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez has been meeting with Ginter and BWSD Board President Jim Crumrine, as well as with Corpus Christi officials, to discuss projects needed to keep water flowing from Lake Corpus Christi to the city.

“If we can pony up more money, we need to do it,” Martinez told the council. “We’ve got to do it.”

The additional money will begin flowing to the BWSD’s coffers next month.

Along with hiring engineers to study the water situation, approving equipment repairs, relocating the intake structure and bringing the old backup wells online again, it appears that city officials are working diligently to make sure this growing community will be able to meet future needs.

With the ongoing Eagle Ford Shale boom, this is one issue all of us should be onboard with oars paddling together.

– Chip Latcham
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