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.