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Commissioners Court talks septage dump ban for county
Dr. Jim Story (from left), J.D. Story, and Nixon Mayor Maria Blanch are among a contingent from the Nixon area who appealed to the Wilson County Commissioners Court May 13 for help in stopping a plan to dump human waste on a property bordering Wilson and Gonzales counties.
Wilson County News May 15, 2013 2,358 views 1 comment
Residents in the Nixon area have been unrelenting in their fight against a plan to use domestic septage to fertilize a hay field straddling the Wilson-Gonzales county line. In the latest chapter of this ongoing battle, attorneys for Wilson County and the city of Nixon now are working to ban the practice.
A contingent including Nixon Mayor Maria Blanch, Nixon City Attorney Eddie Escobar, rancher Dr. Jim Story, and his son, J.D. Story, appealed to the Wilson County commissioners at their May 13 meeting for help in heading off businessman Gordon Swenson’s plan to apply domestic septage at agronomic rates to approximately 298.3 acres located on C.R. 483. Despite the fact that Swenson applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for authorization to dump human waste there, Escobar said the plan could be derailed if the commissioners were to enact a ban.
The commissioners court voted unanimously to authorize County Attorney Daynah Fallwell to work with Escobar in pursuing such a ban, which could be acted upon at its May 28 meeting.
To date, boards of trustees for school districts in Nixon-Smiley, Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale, along with the commissioners court and the Nixon Hospital District, have passed resolutions in opposition of Swenson’s proposal.
In other action, the commissioners approved spending $28,500 for Alpha Engineering to perform structural engineering services at the Wilson County Courthouse in downtown Floresville. The commissioners also approved the expenditure of $15,857 so that Astex Environmental Services might perform asbestos abatement services at the courthouse and at Wilson County Courthouse Annex III -- the former Floresville Primary Campus. Both buildings will undergo renovation as part of a massive capital improvement package now valued at approximately $8.3 million. See related article, page 3A.
In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson, Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker, and Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek.