Dam maintenance continues, reports to NRCS cease

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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County commissioners breezed through Monday’s agenda in record time. In less than one hour, they addressed everything brought before them.

Public Works Administrator Tom Goode reported that the Wise County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) no longer has to report maintenance information on four dams in the Denton Creek Watershed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

In a letter to County Judge Bill McElhaney and WCSWCD Chairman Cody Gillispie, state conservationist Salvador Salinas said since 1950, NRCS assisted the local SWCD with planning and installation of flood prevention and watershed protection measures, which included construction of floodwater retarding and/or dams.

The letter goes on to say, “Your obligations to NRCS have been fulfilled and your commitment to NRCS per the Operation and Maintenance Agreement, signed on March 31, 1959, is now expired for these dams.”

Goode said WCSWCD must continue to maintain and inspect them, and although those reports no longer have to go to NRCS, they must still be sent to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He said NRCS would still be available for technical assistance and help as needed.

Sheriff David Walker reported that work is moving forward on the county’s new radio system.

“They’re doing a walk-through at the towers this week and looking for placement of shelters (which will hold equipment),” he said. “After that, we should be able to install the tower equipment.”

Walker went on to say he had received an email from EF Johnson indicating the licensing “has gone through.” Although things have taken a bit longer than originally planned, he said things are coming together to complete the system.

In other business, commissioners:

  • approved a variance request and re-plat for Pietila Five Addition, Lots 6R and 6R-2, in Precinct 1;
  • tabled the re-plat of West Wind Subdivision, Lots 9R-1, 9R-2 and 9R-3, in Precinct 2;
  • approved a proclamation declaring April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Wise County;
  • accepted a $2,400 donation from David and Christi Walker to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office; and
  • approved a permit and right-of-way for FiberLight to lay a fiber optic cable under part of County Road 4468 from Farm Road 718 to Farm Road 730 in Precinct 3. County engineer Chad Davis said he told company representatives the cable should be “as far away from the pavement as possible,” and it should be marked every 300 feet.

Commissioners’ next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, March 11, in the third-floor conference room of the county courthouse in Decatur.

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