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January 24, 2013

Annetta fires water advisors who led annexation efforts

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Fambrough attempted respond to the council members comments but was not allowed to do so.

“There was no example given of what we said or did,” Fambrough said later, admitting that she was upset that the council refused to hold hearings on the annexation issue.

Because the city council agenda was already posted when the group had their meeting Monday night, Fambrough said she believes the decision to remove her and Thompson had already been made.

Thompson said later that he believes it’s clear that council members who voted to remove him don’t like to be challenged by anybody.

In addition to providing projected costs for the current fiscal year for scenarios of management by Hudson Oaks, as well as Annetta, the five-member committee signed a two-page statement summarizing findings and several recommendations.

“At this point, it appears that the possibility of Annetta securing and negotiating a location and drilling a second well to supply the new 330,000-gallon storage tank near Stuard Elementary in time for the summer demand is doubtful,” the committee wrote. “In addition, no site has been secured for drilling a well and constructing storage tanks on the north end of the system so that the Split Rail community can be more adequately served, freeing up much-needed water for the remainder of Deer Creek.”

The group reported they don’t expect either project to be complete by summer and that the likelihood of selling more water over the summer was extremely low. The system’s approximately 720 users were not allowed outdoor watering between July and December due to the groundwater-supplied system’s inability to meet demand.

After obtaining spacing requirement exceptions from the Upper Trinity Groundwater District last year, the city drilled two wells near Stuard Elementary, using some funds from a $1 million bond issuance.

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