Nacogdoches city leaders to discuss water concerns

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 2:14pm

Nacogdoches, TX — Nacogdoches City Council members on Tuesday will consider enacting Stage One of the city's drought contingency plan in an effort to reduce consumption and preserve the water at Lake Nacogdoches.

The continued hot, dry weather is expected to persist even for as long as a year, and City Engineer Steve Bartlett said it's a good idea to begin cutting back on usage in anticipation of that.

"We were hoping a month ago that we would see some kind of improvement, primarily in our weather, but that hasn't happened," he said. "It's still hot, dry and we have the whole no-rain issue. We are not in any kind of crises, but we feel it is important to begin some voluntary conservation at this point.

The council will also consider awarding bids for the Central Heights Elevated Booster Station and the Water Well No. 6 improvements, which are both items needed to be taken care of for the city's part of enacting the drought contingency plan, Bartlett said.

The city is required to make sure all water wells and booster stations are repaired and functioning as well as they can, he said.

Annual reports and requests for funding will be given by the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce - Certified Retirement Community.

A public hearing will take place on the proposed city budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the council members will be asked to rescind a request to the Texas Department of Transportatoin's aviation department and amend it to consider rehabilitation of Runway 18-36, the hanger taxiways and the apron at the airport.

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