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Residents could decide fate of water tower in Poth
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Representatives of Wilson County Relay For Life witness April 16 as Poth Mayor Travis Pruski signs a proclamation in honor of this year’s Relay event, set for May 5 in the Poth High School football stadium.
Wilson County NewsApril 25, 2012 3,056 views 4 comments
POTH -- The Poth City Council has decided to hold a public hearing on the fate of a long-mothballed water tower located off Railroad Street.
The council, at its April 16 meeting, tabled discussion of an item related to demolishing the tower, choosing instead to gauge public input prior to making any decision. Mayor Travis Pruski reiterated that the city has yet to make any definite plans about the fate of the large steel tower that is featured in the city’s recently adopted logo, despite the fact that one of its four legs is completely corroded.
The mayor said he sees three options for the tower:
•Renovation, which could cost at least $150,000.
•Demolition and removal, which a company already has offered to do at no cost.
•Remove the tower and relocate the tank portion to Railroad Park, which would cost an estimated $25,000 to $30,000.
The third option would allow the historic aspect of the tower to be preserved, while providing an attractive entryway for the park. Local historian Gene Maeckel said the tower was erected in 1936, but has suffered because regular maintenance has been lacking for approximately 50 years.
Councilman Eric Ramirez asked whether the tower could be reactivated to serve as a backup to the newer tower off Wright Street. Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin said that the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) would not allow the city to reactivate the long-dormant tower.
Pruski said the older tower, which has a capacity of approximately 100,000 gallons, was not designed primarily for storage but rather to maintain pressure.
In other business, the council voted to direct City Attorney Acie McAda to finalize a lease agreement with Clayton Williams, in which the city would allow the oil company to pool its 138-acre wastewater treatment plant into an oil lease. Pruski said TCEQ regulations prevent drilling on the property on C.R. 201, but that drilling will occur on adjacent properties. The city will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 per acre for a three-year lease, which Pruski said will be used toward rebuilding Voges Street.
While the council has not taken any formal votes related to Voges Street, Pruski said the rebuild also could include new water and sewer lines and drainage improvements for the eight-city-block-long street. Cost estimates are not yet known.
During the meeting, the council also:
•Voted to adopt amendments to the city’s planning and zoning ordinance, which address sexually oriented businesses and driveway exemptions for agribusinesses.
•Voted to allocate $3,000 to purchase a shade structure, to be erected over the softball bleachers in the Poth City Park.
•Voted to award the 2012 City of Poth Scholarship to Jessica Coronado.
In attendance: Poth city councilmen Linda Criado, Steve Martinez, Paul Martinez, Darren Dylla, and Eric Ramirez, Mayor Travis Pruski, City Secretary Rose Huizar, City Clerk Misty Fish, Municipal Judge Hilda Tejada, Police Chief Lambert Jendrzey, Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin, City Engineer Dean Bayer, and City Attorney Acie McAda.
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