By CHRISTIN COYNE
WILLOW PARK – Under a new city administrator, City of Willow Park leaders have kicked off the first couple weeks of January by opening talks with officials about purchasing surface water to meet the growing city’s needs, as well as discussing needed waste water system improvements.
Willow Park began talks this week with the City of Weatherford about purchasing surface water from Lake Weatherford, Willow Parker Mayor Richard Neverdousky announced Tuesday.
Weatherford is interested in providing surface water to the city, Neverdousky said.
However, it is likely they won’t be ready to enter a contract with Willow Park for seven to eight months, he said.
Neverdousky described it as a “very nice meeting.”
Engineer Kerry Maroney of Biggs and Matthews, hired by the city to create a capital improvement plan for the city’s water system, told the council in November that he expects the city’s current groundwater-supplied system to need an additional water supply source by around 2015.
The city needs to purchase surface water, according to Maroney, who said that adding any wells to the current groundwater system will only be a Band-Aid.
In early 2012, the city had to obtain exceptions to the well spacing requirements from the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, which are intended to protect users from depleting the underground aquifer, to replace three under-performing wells.
Obtaining surface water for Willow Park users is expected to be a multi-million project.
The city also took no action Tuesday but discussed considering authorizing bid advertisement at the next regular meeting for a citywide sewer lift station improvement project.
During a workshop Jan. 3 with engineer Glenn Breisch, of Wasteline Engineering, council members were provided a rough $900,000 estimate for the total project. The number was significantly higher than the $600,000 the city previously expected, according to city budget advisor and former city administrator Candice Scott.