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Water well repairs continue
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Aug 22, 2014 | 777 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – Public Works Director Shawn Gaskamp informed council that the water well located at the corner of San Patricio and Franklin streets that has been out of operation since July 30 won’t be fully repaired for approximately another three weeks.

The City of Goliad issued a voluntary water conservation alert to residents on July 30. The city pumps an average of 650,000 gallons per day to its customers. All of that is now being pumped from the city’s lone operating well located on Chilton Street.

“Our screens are 100 percent blocked,” Gaskamp said during council’s Aug. 12 meeting. “We’re going to have to go down with acid, take a brush on a drill rig and brush the screens, come back out and camera the well again to see if they are clean and see if they can withstand the cleaning to get the calcium buildup off of them.”

Gaskamp said the maximum cost for the repair would be approximately $60,000. He said if the screens are irreparable, the well would be cemented and another one drilled.

Thompson asked if drilling a new well would be a better option.

“You’re looking at more money,” Gaskamp said. “Probably about $200,000 and you’re looking at about another two months.”

“We have to do it and immediately look at a process to drill a new one,” Worley said. “We don’t have a choice. That is all there is to it.”

Machacek said she met with SARA officials to seek possible financial assistance with the well.

“They are going to help us with $15,000 for community assistance,” Machacek said. “They suggest we go ahead and drill the new well.”

Gaskamp also recommended pulling the Chilton Street well.

City council unanimously approved placing on the Nov. 4 ballot the adoption of an ordinance to utilize Goliad Municipal Development District funds for repair and maintenance of city streets.

The approved ordinance ordinance will order and provide notice of a special election for the use of taxes at the rate of one-fourth of one percent from the MDD.

“It puts it to the voters. It’s not just us making the decision,” Councilwoman Cheryl Worley said. “As much as it is done, it can be undone once things are back in shape. It doesn’t have to be a permanent thing.”

“This would expedite some of the street repairs we need right now,” Mayor Anna Lopez Machacek said. “It would help us play catch-up.”

Councilwoman Liz Holsey made the motion to adopt the ordinance. Worley seconded the motion.

Council approved the purchase of a floating aerator costing $19,754 for the wastewater plant.

Worley moved to approve the purchase and the motion was seconded by Holsey.

Council unanimously agreed to remove from the table consideration of engaging an outside auditor. The city currently uses the services of Roloff, Hnatek & Co.

“Based on the recommendation of our financial consultant, Sandra Thaxton, feels at this time the city should keep the auditing firm for the simple reason that in the transitional period that we’re having here, we need some kind of consistency. We can’t go out and change everything at one time.”

Worley made the motion to remove the item from the table. Her motion was seconded by councilman Joey Thompson.

Council later unanimously approved Roloff, Hnatek & Co. for the audit year.

Worley made the motion and it was seconded by Holsey.

Council discussed the number of members of the MDD board. Thompson has questioned why the board requires nine members and has requested reducing it to seven.

The board currently has six members and council has tabled approving three additional members.
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