Water well collapse creates voluntary restrictions


A collapsed city water well has Yorktown scrambling for a fix and needing support from its citizens.
In a special council meeting on Aug. 19, city administrator Robert Mendez reported problems with the water well located at the city park began on Aug. 4. That well is 1,000 feet in depth and is between 50 and 60 years old.
He said Layne Christensen Company was contacted to pull the well and run a camera into the well to determine the problem. It was found the well had collapsed at 720 feet.
Because Yorktown would have to rely on its only remaining well, located on 12th Street, council agreed to place Yorktown’s residents and businesses in a stage 1 voluntary water restriction. Citizens are encouraged to monitor their water usage.
Re-drilling the collapsed well was not recommended because it would contaminate the well water. 
The remaining option was to drill a new well near the collapsed well and tie it into the pumping system. The estimated cost of a new water well was $714,000.
Mayor Rene Hernandez and the council discussed the immediate need to drill a new well. 
Mendez informed council that he met with Yorktown Fire Chief Darrel Borth and Fire Marshall Kevin Lamprecht about the well problem and how it could affect the city if there was a structure fire. He said they also discussed how a fire could be handled to reduce stress on the second water well.
Mendez said he also talked with DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, Emergency Management Coordinator Rosie Ybarra, Cuero’s fire marshall and Goliad officials. He said they agreed to be on standby during the duration of the water well project.
It was determined to issue a tax note in the amount of $800,000 to finance the new water well.
After talking with the city attorney and  on a motion by councilman B.B. Garcia, the council agreed to name Specialized Public Financing Inc. for the purpose of issuing a tax note for the financing. The motion passed unanimously. 
Because of the necessity to preserve or protect the public health or safety, the city is exempt from taking bids for the financing.
Yorktown has used SPFI for two other projects in recent years including the recent issue of certificates of obligation for the rehabilitation of the water tower, ground storage tank and new clarifier at the sewer plant. Also, a second issue of certificates of obligation was used for the rehabilitation of city streets.
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