Commissioners Court hears concerns regarding Lake Wood dam

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At the regular meeting of the Gonzales County Commissioners Court held on Monday, Sept. 14, a presentation on behalf of an organization called Friends of Lakewood asked the commissioners to consider action regarding the dam on Lakewood, just outside of the City of Gonzales.

This presenation, given by Friends of Lakewood organizer and local business owner Joe Solansky, gave an update on the status of Lake Wood, four years after a spill gate failure resulted in the lake’s drainage. Solansky said the four years since Lake Wood’s drainage has resulted in no progress toward replacement of the spill gates. Since 2016, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has consistently expressed its desire to find methods of funding repairs to the 15 of its spill gates which have since failed. A majority of them are nearly a century old. Solansky said the GBRA is currently planning on spending $1 million to purchase land for a second office in New Braunfels, the construction of which is estimated to cost $5 million.

In other business:

  • Commissioners approved the minutes of the Aug. 24 and Aug. 26 Commissioners Court Meetings and Special Called Meetings, and received reports from all Constable Precincts, the County Auditor and Tax Assessor-Collector. For the month of Aug., $267,222.79 was collected in taxes, with the county’s portion being $42,367.78.
  • Exceptions of property were approved within Pct. 3, such as the gifting of property to a son or sister.
  • The final plat of land for the Eliseo Subdivision was approved.
  • Unclaimed county capital was approved for distribution via donation to Norma’s House and the Gonzales Youth Center, in the amount of $3,535.52 which will be split between the two.
  • An order fixing the salaries of Gonzales County Auditor and Assistant County Auditors was received by the Commissioners Court.
  • The renewal of the 2021 Silver County Choice Texas Association of Counties Retiree Medical Program was approved. This program is funded by retirees, not the county.
  • An interlocal cooperative agreement between Gonzales County and DeWitt County to share the cost of legislative consulting fees was tabled after it became clear that this agreement would be more expensive than what was brokered the previous year, when Karnes and Wilson Counties were also included in the agreement.
  • Constable and Sheriff fees were set for 2021. These include fees such as subpoenas, Summons and Writs. Of Attachment.
  • General improvements to communication frequencies utilized by law enforcement were also discussed and approved, including the application for grant funds to get another tower installed in Smiley to improve communication between first responders throughout the county.
  • Budget amendments which created a new line item in order to replace an obsolete computer and monitor in Precinct 4, as well as changes to salary for Sheriff’s Office personnel “due to turnover in dispatch and deputies.”

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