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January 27, 2013

Hudson Oaks officials concerned over impact of Annetta’s politics

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“Some of the council members would just as soon the water system not be there,” said Pinckard, who, along with most or all of Annetta’s current council, is not on the groundwater-supplied system.

Pinckard said the agreement with the city has been good with exemplary customer service. He said he intends to hold the council members against the system “accountable” for what they have been doing.

“I will fight for my community,” Pinckard said. “I look forward to the continuation of the agreement until the time when Annetta is ready to handle the system.”

A group appointed to advise the Annetta Town Council on the water system told the Annetta Council Jan. 17 that they don’t expect either well 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.

In a Friday interview, Pinckard said the well site land aquisition problem that occurred in early 2012 occured when the city attempted to address a water pressure issue between the north and south ends of the system.

They installed valves to deal with high water pressure in the northern Split Rail neighborhood, which is on a lower plane.  However, when all the taps in the Split Rail neighborhood are open, it has a siphoning effect on the higher plane in the Deer Park neighborhood, causing them low pressure issues, the mayor said.

An engineer hired by Annetta determined that the north side of the system needs a well to address the issues.

Pinckard said former Annetta Mayor Phil Lumsden, who developed the Split Rail neighborhood, was willing to sell three cul-de-sac lots in the neighborhood for below market value for a plant site. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also reportedly granted the city preliminary approval.

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