Arsenic levels up in Woodsboro
by Kenda Nelson
Aug 18, 2012 | 1423 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New well — unusable water.
New well — unusable water.
WOODSBORO ­ — Arsenic levels rose slightly above the state’s guidelines for municipal water supplies this quarter.

New samples were taken two weeks ago and the public works director is awaiting the results.

Woodsboro’s newest water well remains shut down. Water from the new well was supposed to be blended with the town’s other two wells to lower the arsenic levels.

“We’re waiting for our engineers to come up with something,” said Gabriel Thomas, public works director. “We’ve done everything they told us to do.”

LNV Engineering, the town’s engineering firm, has brought in Joe J. Vickers of The Wellspec Company in Dripping Springs. Vickers is a hydrologist hired to study the depth, the tests done on the well, and all the records from when the well was dug, Thomas said.

In other matters the council voted unanimously to go up on gaming machines from $300 to $500 from this point on.

“We don’t want to price ourselves out of the market, we need all the revenue we can get,” said Mayor George Hernandez.

Council member Minerva Cisneros requested the item be put on the agenda.

“From a revenue generating perspective, all I’m saying is, it’s good until it poses a problem - like drugs - then we won’t tolerate it.” she said.

Councilman Jimmy Blaschke pointed out the Woodsboro fees are still below those in the area.

Gregory charges $1,000 per machine, Odem charges $700; and Sinton, $500.

“We’re still below everyone,” Blaschke said. “I don’t think they’ll bat an eye.”

The council also voted to purchase insurance for the town’s new drug dog at $460 per month.

City employees insurance went up from $417 to $483 per month.

“For the price, it’s a good investment,” Hernandez said.

In grant matters, Donna Johnson of GrantWorks reported on the 2013-2014 Rural Community Development Block Grant under the Community Development Fund during a public hearing from 6:30 to 7 p.m. prior to the meeting.

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August 19, 2012
So it costs $460 a month to insure a drug dog and $483 a month to insure a city employee. Does anybody else see some misplaced priorities?
August 19, 2012
Maybe a new engineering firm is in order! Wasn't it LNV who proposed the location of the well that is not even on line? So the Town hired them again. After the water turned black, the LNV spokesperson said, "we don't know why it happened or what to do". So, let's give LNV more money and we can have more water problems so we can give LNV more money so we can have more water problems. What will it take to figure out this engineering firm is incompetent and the people of Woodsboro are paying for it in taxes and poor water quality.