The Wimberley City Council was struggling last week with the placement of easements for its new wastewater system. They had imposed a deadline of today.
The council didn’t take any action at its Oct. 31 meeting, even though the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has said that without an easement crossing Cypress Creek, the city will have a “dead project.”
“When I see the words ‘dead project’ in all caps, bolded, underlined and in quotation marks. I’m a little concerned and I got a ‘must’ on here,” said Place four City Council member Gary Barchfeld as he read a letter relating to a meeting between the TWDB and council members Rebecca Minnick and Christine Bene and City Administrator Shawn Cox.
Minnick said TWDB manager Dain Larson was the source of the “dead project” language.
If the easements are not secured, the project could be saved by running a wastewater line under the Cypress Creek bridge, the council was told.
Despite the setback, Cox said the city’s goal is to have the wastewater system up and running by June of 2020.
“I’m still anticipating that in six months, June, we will be firing on all cylinders to have this done. If we can get the engineering done in a timely manner,” Cox said.