Judge praises new, former POSGCD directors
David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

Now that the election is over, I want to bring you up-to-date on some of the things that have happened during the time that there has been a hold on the newspaper articles from my office.

We’ve appointed three new members to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Board and reappointed one.

Durwood Tucker from the Thorndale area is the new agricultural representative replacing Jay Tumlinson, Sid Youngblood from the Cameron area is the new industrial representative replacing Jim Hodson, and Steven Wise will be the at-large representative completing the unexpired term of Carroll Glaser who resigned recently.

Steven lives near Hanover and was nominated by the city councils of both Cameron and Milano for the municipal representative position. We opted to return Kerry Starnes to his position for another term. Kerry had been nominated by the Rockdale city council. Steven then submitted his name for consideration for the unexpired at-large position and was chosen.

This gives most major areas of the county a voice on the board, and with the appointment of several new members we have some “new blood” on the board that will take a fresh look at where our district is headed with its groundwater policy.

I believe these three new men that have been appointed are not going in with preconceived ideas, that they are open-minded, independent thinkers.

I want to once again state very clearly to everyone, for myself and the commissioners, that we hold in high regard the three men that have rotated off the board—Carroll Glaser, Jim Hodson, and Jay Tumlinson— have served us well these past 12 years. Having worked with this board for over three years now, I have come to realize just how knowledgeable these men are; with their departure our board is losing a wealth of knowledge that cannot be replaced. Those who would say that the board is a group of “yes” men who aren’t in the know … are just wrong and unfair because they just don’t know these men and their credentials.

They’ve served without compensation, the policies and rules that they have established and administered are well thought out, they have at times endured a fair amount of criticism, but they have taken the heat, and we owe them our respect and gratitude for a job well done.

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