The Dean Dale Special Utility District, with help from the Nortex Regional Planning Commission and Clay County, will seek additional sources of water by drilling two new wells in the coming months.
The utility district, which provides potable water to more than 1,200 residential and commercial customers in northwestern Clay County, will apply for a $350,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture disaster relief fund to drill the wells, and build pipeline to the treatment facility.
Because the Dean Dale water district is not part of a municipality, Clay County will sponsor the grant application. Commissioners approved the request Monday.
Dean Dale SUD draws water from the Seymour Aquifer, located under northern portions of Clay, Wichita and Wilbarger counties, and has 14 wells in two fields. The new wells are expected to be 50-60 feet deep.
The water district will use the new wells to cut back on water purchased in bulk from the City of Wichita Falls.
Commissioners accepted the addition of election equipment to the county clerk’s inventory. County Clerk Sasha Kelton purchased five used optical scanners, voter assist terminals and tables, and ballot boxes at a cost of $7,500 from Karnes County. The machines will provide a reserve in the event that a county and school or municipal election are held on the same date, or if a machine breaks down.
Kelton noted that the equipment has been on an annual maintenance agreement with the manufacturer since new. The equipment would have cost $49,750 if purchased new.
Commissioners also accepted two computers donated to the county clerk’s office by the state’s Office of Court Administration. The computers will be used for the electronic filing of civil court cases, as mandated by the state.
Commissioners delayed approval of paying the county’s bills until after amending the payment of debts relating to the care of 30 malnourished horses seized by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 14.
Barney Brehmer, owner of the horse, has appealed a judgement of forfeiture. If Brehmer wins the appeal, the county will absorb the cost. If he loses the appeal, Brehmer will be required to reimburse the county. Commissioners voted to pay the bills from contingency funds instead of the county’s general fund. They then approved payment of $4,010 to Jeff Fitts for holding the animals, $1,291 to Dry Fork Veterinary Clinic and $5.10 to Kerr Feed and Grain.
In other business, commissioners:
- Tabled a request to change Toby Davis’ title from deputy constable to reserve deputy constable.
- Approved a property renewal application and certificate of property coverage from the Texas Association of Counties risk management pool, pending changes.
- Approved use of the courthouse square and courthouse annex restrooms for the Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show on Saturday, April 5.
- Approved advertisement to seek bids for the sale of two used tank batteries and dump tank located at the former salt water disposal well site at the intersection of Hwy. 148 South and Peden Road.
- Made no changes to the burn ban issued March 4. The 30-day ban is in effect until Thursday, April 3.
- Accepted as salvage one computer from the county auditor’s office, and donated the equipment to Precinct 4.