Austwell looks into leaving drainage district
by Tim Delaney
Feb 17, 2014 | 170 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTWELL – An inter-local agreement between the city of Austwell and the Refugio County Drainage District No. 1 is at the heart of a disagreement.

The Austwell City Council discussed the differences of opinion pertaining to what the inter-local agreement calls for, at its meeting Monday evening, Feb. 10.

Mayor David Cann said the agreement specifies that the drainage district will periodically clean out drainage ditches in Austwell, while the drainage district says they are only responsible for three ditches.

“I never could get them to show us the three ditches (in the agreement),” Cann said.

He said he attended a drainage district meeting last month and a workshop was set up to discuss the agreement.

“We came up with a date to have a work session. They didn’t show up. They said they couldn’t get permission from their lawyer,” Cann said.

Cann noted that last week, drainage district personnel came and shot elevations of ditches.

Meanwhile, a committee was set up, haded by Dwight Mutchler, to look into the possibility of getting out of the drainage district boundaries or working with the drainage district to stay in it.

The purpose of getting out of the district would be to stop paying taxes for something that the city isn’t getting.

The council also announced that two positions were open, Place 1 currently held by Mayor Cann, and Place 2 currently held by Nadine Garner.

The deadline to file for positions on the council was Feb. 28.

The council also voted to return $500 from the Blanconia Baptist Church earmarked for the elderly and needy.

Nadine Garner said the money should go through a church, not the city. The contact information for the churches will be sent to the Blanconia church with the return of the money.

The council dissolved an old committee: the compliance committee, because the council is addressing non compliance through the city’s building ordinance.

The council also approved of removing the “no alcohol” sign in the community center, with the exception of putting the sign back up during elections.

The move was done to encourage rentals of the community center.
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