A public close-out hearing to review the county’s program performance, including the actual use of Community Development Block Grant funds expended on the Welch Water Project, was the only item on the agenda for a special called meeting of the Dawson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday afternoon.
    That hearing lasted about 15 minutes with no input from any citizens.
    Only Stacy Schaff, project manager with Traylor and Associates, Inc., and Dawson County Judge Foy O’Brien made any comments during the hearing.
    “We’re glad to have reached an end to this project, since we had a lot of hurdles and obstacles in our way in order to get to this point,” Judge O’Brien stated. “We had to modify the original project and delete some of the goals.”
    The drilling of a new potable water well for the community of Welch had to be removed from the original grant awarded to the county in October of 2015 for the project of the Welch Water Supply Corporation, since it was determined earlier this year that the quality of the water from a new well would not meet the current standards of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
    Judge O’Brien stressed that the quality of the water in Welch has not been contaminated or lessened in any way. Instead, he pointed out, the TCEQ has changed its standards over the years, so “what once was in compliance suddenly is no longer in compliance ... it’s not a problem with the water.”
    Work will have to be done to get the original existing water well in Welch into compliance with current TCEQ standards, Judge O’Brien said, before work can begin to drill a new well.


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