Craft-Turney Water Supply meeting draws poor attendance

Despite recent findings released by state officials regarding its investigation into a water contamination case in Craft-Turney, a sole attendee – from New Summerfield – was present at Tuesday's Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation meeting.

A closed session discussion regarding the March 1 letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that outlined alleged violations by local officials – who reported cloudy, foul-smelling water in early October 2018 – did not yield any action during the meeting's open session.

WSC manager Rhonda Briggs noted that a March 21 annual membership meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. at the corporation office in Jacksonville, offers an additional opportunity for members to give their input.

Meanwhile, during Tuesday's meeting, a quorum consisting of president John Hawkins, vice president Eric Stanfill and director Suzanne Walters unanimously approved an agreement for inspection and enforcement service of all units in the district, as well as voted to discard unused, obsolete equipment from Old Plant No. 3 on FM 347.

The board also renewed its general insurance with AIA Insurance Agency, as well as its workman's comp insurance through Texas Mutual Insurance, each through March 20, 2020.

In other action, the board:

• Approved Jan. 24 regular meeting minutes and authorized payment of bills/monthly transactions;

• Reinstated water utility service requested a member on County Road 1904;

• Denied an account adjustment by a member on County Road 3154; and

• Tabled a water service request by a member on County Road 3154A.

No action was taken regarding a property developer's request to not place water on the property under development. Briggs told the board that this is not only a requirement by Craft-Turney, but by Cherokee County for developed property for sale to include access to water.

Directors Michael Knight and Olen Morton were absent from Tuesday's meeting.