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County to TCEQ: Flush proposed waste dump
The Wilson County Commissioners Court is the latest local governing body to approve a resolution opposing a proposed human-waste disposal site near Nixon. The resolution, passed Dec. 27, will be sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in Austin.
In addition to the resolution, Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney said that letters from several residents opposing the plan also would be sent ahead of the end of the TCEQ’s public comment period Jan. 2.
In October, Austin resident Gordon Swenson applied to the TCEQ for a permit “to apply domestic septage at agronomic rates” for use as fertilizer on an approximately 298.3-acre hayfield on C.R. 483, which is near the intersection of U.S. 87 and South Rancho Road in Nixon. Much of the property is located in Wilson County, despite its Nixon address. The domestic septage includes human waste acquired from local residential septic systems and portable toilets.
This proposal sparked outrage from residents, which led to both the Nixon City Council and the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District board adopting resolutions opposing the plan. For more, see “Nixon officials say ‘no’ to human waste disposal site,” Dec. 26.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners followed the recommendation of Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker by enacting a burn ban. See related article, this page.
In other business, the commissioners voted to approve a resolution related to funding a county road repair program. The county is among those in the Eagle Ford shale play that have been scrambling to maintain roads due to increased traffic. The resolution proposes that the Texas Legislature call an emergency session to approve the reimbursement severance tax proceeds to the counties from which they originated, stipulating that the funds would be spent to repair roads.
The commissioners also:
•Appointed Larry Phillips to a two-year term as a commissioner for the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2, which funds fire and emergency medical services to the Eagle Creek area. He replaces Keith Wildes, who tendered his resignation in October.
•Appointed Todd Lawson, August Moczygemba, Kirby Urrabazo, Lynn Ray West, and Terri Wolff as commissioners of the newly formed Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3, which was established to fund emergency medical services to an approximately 350-square-mile area in and around Stockdale.
•Approved bonds for all county officials who were elected in the Nov. 6 general election.
***In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Treasurer Jan Hartl, Interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Wilson County Health and Public Safety Coordinator Edwin Baker, County Attorney Russell Wilson, County Attorney-elect Daynah Fallwell, and Wilson County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady.
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