Weatherford Democrat

Top News

May 31, 2013

City to extend wastewater services to western loop

Officials say added facilities will help spur economic development along RWMH south of Ranger Highway

By BRIAN SMITH

Work on extending wastewater service to the Western Loop area south of Ranger Highway in Weatherford continues with design approval for a new lift station in the area.

Municipal Utility Board members approved the project during a Thursday meeting. Director of Water/Wastewater Utilities James Hotopp said in a staff report there are no centralized wastewater facilities in the area. Without them, development along the loop will be limited to large lots.

Having items like a lift station will allow for more development and economic growth along the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway and also allow the area to be served by the city’s wastewater system. The board approved working with engineering firm Teague Nall & Perkins on designing the lift station and related infrastructure at a cost of $229,700.

In a related item, a professional services contract with Baird Hampton & Brown for design of a waterline to serve the Western Loop and Deerfield subdivision was also approved.

Hotopp said all present development along the road is served by ground water owned by the city. Availability of ground water is limited and expected to decline over the next several years. The program calls for the design of 17,160 linear feet of water line. Monies for the design project come from a 2006 bond, according to a staff report.

In other news, the drought which has plagued the area for the last two years is expected to continue this summer.

Meteorologist Courtney Jalbert with the Tarrant County Groundwater District spoke to the Weatherford Municipal Utility Board Thursday morning about the effects of the drought on local reservoirs and water systems. She said the last time Texas wasn’t in some form of drought was in late 2010 after Tropical Storm Hermin. Now 97 percent of the state is in some form of drought, with 18 percent of the state being in exceptional, or the worst, drought.

Text Only
Top News
  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz Index 1.jpg Let's get physical

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTENSION NEWS: Take a mind vacation

    For many of us, every day has some sort of stress associated with it. Whether it is something at home or at work, it seems like there are a million things stressing us out and making us feel overwhelmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions

    Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

    April 20, 2014

  • MILLSAP MATTERS: Reunion time approaches

    MILLSAP – For many people this is the time of year that reunions are held. In that light, Millsap alumni will be enjoying their annual school reunion on Saturday, April 26.

    April 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max

    Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored

    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

    April 20, 2014

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results