Next Tuesday, April 16, the City Council will hold the second town hall meeting on the proposed $15.3 million bond issue to drill a deep well in the Jasper aquifer and build a reverse osmosis plant to treat the water.
About 50 people attended the first town hall meeting at which about seven engineers, technology experts and financial advisers made their case for constructing this large desalination project, disposal of the plant’s effluent and capital improvement program financing.
Concerns were voiced about the project’s expense for taxpayers, the discharge of concentrated levels of suspended solids and chlorides into Poesta Creek and the Aransas River, and a desire for a more diversified approach, drilling wells into the Goliad aquifer also, and building consensus within the community.
City Manager Deborah Balli said Kevin Spencer, president of R.W. Harden & Associates, and Bill Norris, of NorrisLeal Engineering Water, both of Austin, should attend this next session to answer more questions. Norris’ company is expected to design the well and reverse osmosis plant if the bond issue is approved by voters.
All who intend to vote in the May 11 election or whose business will be impacted by its outcome should attend these hearings to inform themselves on the necessity and feasibility of this project. This may well be the most important decision facing this generation of Beeville area citizens.
Then, on Saturday, April 20, the City of Beeville will sponsor its annual Spring Clean event.
Residents should start lining up early that morning at the city equipment yard at 200 S. Jackson St. After they display a paid city utility bill, they can begin unloading trailers and pickups loaded with items that need to be discarded.
The city will accept all deliveries, including junk furniture, mattresses, carpet, appliances, garage boxes and miscellaneous items, at no charge throughout the day.
Certain items, such as construction debris, large-screen TVs, tires, chemicals and paint, will not be accepted.
Republic Services, the city’s contractor, will have roll-off containers at the city yard to collect all the debris, and city crews will assist with the unloading.
Our thanks to Buddy Hardy, event organizer, other city employees and Republic Services for hosting this popular spring event which allows our residents the opportunity to make our town appear cleaner and more attractive. – Chip Latcham