County passes (for now) on water board

CAMERON—Milam County commissioners on Monday took no action on appointing three directors to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation (POSGCD) board.

None of the four commissioners, or County Judge Frank Summers, made any motion to appoint POSGCD directors and the agenda issue died for lack of a motion.

Bill Graham, Curtis Chubb and Colleen Waring addressed commissioners concerning the appointments, asking that appointees other than the incumbents be considered.

A group called Central Texas Aquifer Coalition has formed and is actively seeking replacement of the current POSGCD board.

Terms of Milam County directors Kerry Starnes, Jay Tumlinson and Jim Hodson are expiring Dec. 31. It is those terms commissioners would have considered Monday.

Terms of two other Milam County-appointed directors, Carroll Glaser and Dwayne Jekel do not expire this year.

There are also five POSGCD directors appointed by the Burleson County commissioners court.

Action Dec. 28

Precinct 3 Commissioners Dale Jaecks said the non-action by commissioners Monday does not mean the issue is closed.

“We have to appoint someone by the end of the year,” Jaecks said. “We have one more meeting this year and we will take action then.”

Commissioners will meet again Dec. 28.

The POSGCD, one of a number of groundwater conservation districts throughout the state, was created in 2000.

Members of the Central Texas Aquifer Coalition have charged the current directors are not fulfilling the district’s mandate to “conserve, preserve and protect aquifers.”

Commissioners also heard a report on the district from Gary Westbrook, POSGCD general manager.

MCAD directors

Commissioners cast the county’s votes for the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) board of directors as follows:

Travis Yoakum, 732.5; Charles W. Ellison, 470.5; David Ogee, 395.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved a mutual aid agreement between Milam County’s municipalities, hospitals, volunteer fire departments, police departments, sheriff’s department and ambulance organizations.

• Re-approved an existing agreement between the county’s ambulance services.

• Okayed a general and no litigation certificate designed to protect the county from lawsuits as it acts on behalf of the Central Texas Housing Financial Corporation.

• Accepted the resignation of Kathy Vogelsang as Republican Primary election judge in Precinct 101 and appointed Bob Terry as her replacement.

• Approved a joint resolution between the county and the Milam County Democratic and Republican parties to facilitate the use of county voting machines in the March 2 primaries.

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