However, one of the two wells, a well drilled to the Trinity portion of the aquifer, did not produce water the city could sell and was plugged, leaving the city searching for a site to drill for the northern part of the system, as well as the southern portion of the system.
“If Hudson Oaks operates the system according to these projections, the Deer Creek Water System will produce $73,700 in excess revenue over expenses for fiscal year 2013,” the report stated. “Whereas, if Annetta operates the system, it will very likely show a loss of at least $4,000.”
They also noted that it would be impossible to cost-effectively replace the expertise of Hudson Oaks in the short term, stating that they believe Annetta cannot match the level of customer service or maintenance they’ve been receiving.
“The members of the committee do not believe the customers of the Deer Creek Water System will tolerate a return to the dark Willow Park age,” the committee’s report read, referencing recent years of public outcry and litigation involving residents and area cities when Willow Park owned the city prior to the sale to Annetta.
The committee’s report recommended the city immediately begin negotiations with Hudson Oaks to extend the current contract for the optional two years after the contract comes to an end in fewer than nine months.
They also recommended moving forward immediately to drill new wells on the north and south side of the water system, as well as put in an additional storage tank, to meet current water demand.
Using excess funds from the water system, the city should upgrade the sewer treatment facility to bring it up to standards, the group recommended.
Citing protection of the water system’s financial stabliity, they also advised the city to postpone construction of a new city hall facility and, instead, rent a portable office building for staff to be placed at the city’s property near Stuard Elementary where there is access to water, sewer and electricity.
For large group meetings, the cities of Hudson Oaks and Aledo have offered the use of their meeting facilities, the report stated.