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    Notice of Surface Water Treatment Technique Violation by the ECWSD

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    February 21, 2017
    Notice of Surface Water Treatment Technique Violation by the ECWSD

    The City of Eastland purchases and distributes treated water from the Eastland County Water Supply District (ECWSD) (PWSID TX0670019) to City of Eastland customers. In November 2016 and December 2016 the ECWSD violated drinking water requirements as described below. Although this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did (are doing) to correct this situation.

    Low Disinfection
    The ECWSD routinely monitors the disinfection provided to the water treated through its surface water treatment plant. In November and December, 2016 the ECWSD failed to meet the minimum treatment standards for disinfection of the water treated through the plant for more than four consecutive hours at least once each month. Inadequately disinfected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

    Turbidity Treatment
    The ECWSD also routinely monitors its filtered water for turbidity (cloudiness). This indicates whether the water supply to the customers has been adequately filtered. The ECWSD failed to meet the minimum treatment standards for the turbidity level in its filtered water in November and December, 2016. Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

    What does this mean?
    This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

    What should I do?
    There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other actions. We do not know of any contamination, and none of our testing has shown disease-causing organisms in the drinking water.

    What is being done?
    The ECWSD has implemented standard operating procedures to reduce the chance of these treatment technique violations from happening again. The ECWSD has also rehabilitated the filters at the water treatment plant to improve filtration at the water treatment plant.

    Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). If you want more information about the nature and significance of this violation, you may contact City Manager Ron Duncan_ at _(254) 629-8321.
    Will put Eastland on weather maps

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    A new high technology state-of-the-art “Automated Weather Observation Station” (AWOS) at the Eastland Municipal Airport is now live and broadcasting real-time local weather information every minute of every day year round. Getting AWOS up and broadcasting has been a collaborative effort by the Eastland Economic Development Corporation, the Eastland Industrial Foundation, and the City of Eastland in conjunction with TxDOT Aviation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration. From the new $1.5 million “Troy Taylor” terminal and resurfaced runway to the brand new $100,000 city hangar facility, AWOS is the latest service addition to enhance the aviation experience and comfort of local, area and cross country pilots.

    AWOS Project Manager and Airport Engineer with Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd of Abilene, Weldon Scrivner, said “Bringing this AWOS Station to Eastland has been a 14-month collaborative effort. When something was needed locally from land acquisition to electric service or anything else, it was accomplished quickly and decisively. Now pilots who fly into or out of Eastland can obtain up to the minute and accurate critical weather information they need in order to plan for a safe flight.”

    Bode Zietz, longtime manager of the Eastland Airport said ”Now, medical and emergency aircraft such as our home based Air Evac or aircraft from major medical centers can know when it is safe to travel in and out of our airspace. They can now get real time Eastland weather stats right off the internet from wherever they are.”

    “Safety…. That is the most important thing that the new AWOS brings to Eastland. We’re excited. We’ve invested a lot of resources at our airport in the last couple of years. The new weather station however is a quantum leap that brings everything together,” said Eastland City Manager Ron Duncan.

    “These developments will serve to enhance Eastland’s fast developing Air Business Park which is designed to house aviation related businesses and bring new jobs to Eastland,” said Jerry Conner, Executive Director of the Eastland Economic Development Corporation.

    For further information on this or other City matters, please contact Eastland City Hall at 113 E. Commerce or 254-629-8321.
    Historic Preservation, Planning & Zoning, Board of Adjustment

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    The City of Eastland is currently seeking persons interested in serving on city appointed boards that help make vital decisions for the city’s growth and future. As board vacancies arise, each Board will review their applications and submit a list of applicants to the City Commission for appointment. When multiple applications are received the remaining applications will go on file for future appointments. Each board has their own board member guidelines concerning who may serve.

    Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to protect and enhance the landmarks and districts which represent distinctive elements of Eastland’s historic, architectural, and cultural heritage. Encourage stabilization, restoration, and improvements of historic properties and their values.

    Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to make, amend, extend, or add to a Land Use Plan for the physical development of the City; recommend to City Commission approval or disapproval of proposed changes in the zoning districts and/or ordinances; Approve or disapprove the platting or subdividing of land within the corporate limits of the City and within adjacent areas as permitted by law.

    Powers/Duties: Among other functions, to hear and decide appeals where alleged error of law in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made during enforcement of the Planning & Zoning Code; interpret the provisions of the code in such a way as to carry out the intent and purpose of the plan.

    For an application, stop by Eastland City Hall at 113 E Commerce St. For more information, contact Shirley Stuart, Bill Dolen or Terry Simmons at 254-629-8321.
  • February 1st, 2017 - CITY COMMISSION ORDERS 2017 ELECTION
    Three terms expiring. Election to be May 6, 2017

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    The Eastland Board of City Commissioners ordered an election to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, for the purpose of electing three city commissioners. The terms of Commissioners John Bird, Zac Darr, and Frank Saylors will be expiring. All city commission terms are two years and are at-large positions.

    The last day to file for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 17, 2017, at
    5:00 p.m. Any qualified resident of Eastland may file to run for this position. Qualifications for office include being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas for at least twelve months and a resident of the City of Eastland for six months, eighteen (18) years of age or over, and he/she must be a registered voter. Additionally, a qualified candidate must not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote, and must not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.

    The last day for submitting voter registration application in time to vote at the election or for requesting transfer of registration in time to vote in a new precinct not in the same county and territory is April 6.

    Anyone interested in filing or needing further information should contact Shirley Stuart, City Secretary, at 254-629-8321, or come by Eastland City Hall, 113 East Commerce. Candidate application packets are available at City Hall.
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