Two Crucial Meetings This Week
Tuesday August 14, 5:30 pm
Tuesday August 16, 5:30 pm
Wimberley City Chambers, 221 Stillwater.
Critical decisions are due soon (they are long overdue) on how Wimberley will handle sewage from the rapidly progressing downtown wastewater collection system. The final contractual "pause" on the under-construction City-run treatment facility is due to end this month. With the recent published confirmation that the $1 million Way Family grant (free money) to the city for the treatment plant will disappear if the city approved system is killed in favor of an Aqua Texas/Aqua America deal, financial peril to the city grows even greater if a decision to continue on course is not reached soon.
Currently, two City Council meetings are scheduled this week, both expected to focus heavily on the City's wastewater treatment and its effect on the City's future. Will the current council stick with the approved and already underway City plan, which keeps control local and treats water to a cleanliness level beyond required Type 1, or cancel further construction and give control to Aqua Texas which discharges Type 2 water (unsafe for human contact) and dilutes it with aquifer water?
The agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Special Council Meeting states only that it is a "Workshop to discuss the Central Wimberley Wastewater Project status." (A workshop does not allow public comment, only observation, but Council is very aware of who attends and why.) The agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Thursday meeting must be published no later than Monday evening. Both can be seen at here on the City website calendar, or go to www.city of wimberley.com and select Calendar from the left hand column on a computer, or use the pull-down menu on a mobile device.
If you are opposed to the frequently expressed intention of Mayor Susan Jaggers to switch the already approved, budgeted and under-construction City-controlled plan to a contract with Aqua Texas, CARD encourages you to attend these and all council meetings on the Wastewater project. The only way to have a voice in a public discussion is to let your opinion be known and, where allowed, heard.
- CARD Steering Committee
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