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  • September 22nd, 2017 - CITY OF EASTLAND 14
    Double Installation Prevents Extensive Down Time

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    The City of Eastland Public Works crew installed two new 14” valves in the early morning hours of Friday, September 22, 2017. The valves were installed on the Main Pump Line which transports water from the I-20 Pump Station to the Water Tower located at Park Hill. The simultaneous installation involved the Public Works team as well as J & W Services crewThe main 14” line has had two major failures in the last year which caused the city to be out of water for several hours, and which resulted in disruption of businesses, closing of schools and inconvenience to our residents. The 64 year old water line had insufficient valves to isolate the leaks which resulted in lost system water pressure. The new project installed two new isolation valves to enable the city to quickly isolate the leak in our next line failure. The city will use these valves repair the leaks quickly, without the loss of water pressure, save valuable water and greatly reduce the inconvenience to our businesses and residents.

    The project work began weeks ago when the city ordered the supplies for the project and preassembled all the components. Mayor Vernon and Ron Duncan met with local businesses to alert them of the project and solicit input. We then coordinated with J &W to put together and construction team at two sites for the simultaneous installation. The city issued public service announcements, code red alerts and distributed flyers to the community about the planned water outage to ensure we minimized disruption. We then staged supplies and equipment at the work sites and excavated the installation sites.
    The staff turned off the water pump line at 11:00 P.M. and both teams worked for five hours to remove old water line, install the new valves, and restore service before our residents woke in the morning. 
    As of 5 A.M. Friday, September 22 the valve installation has been completed. The water system is back up to pressure and running. The City is now under a Boil Water Notice. Once the city receives confirmation that our lab results are clear, we will rescind the Boil Water Notice. We anticipate receiving word as early as Saturday.
    The city staff wishes to thank all of our residents for their patience and cooperation. We also thank our Public Works crew, as well as J&W Services for their outstanding work.

  • September 20th, 2017 - CITY OF EASTLAND INTENT TO SUBMIT TCDBGP APPLICATION
    TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

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    PUBLIC NOTICE

    CITY OF EASTLAND

    TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

     

    The City of Eastland is giving notice of the city’s intent to submit a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application for a Texas Capital Fund grant request of up to $730,000 to provide infrastructure improvements along Highway 6 and the intersection of Interstate 20 in the City of Eastland. The application is available for review at City Hall, 113 E Commerce St., Eastland, TX 76448 during regular business hours. For further information, contact Ron Duncan, City Manager, at (254) 629-8321. Para más información en español, comuníquese con Ciudad de Eastland al (254) 629-8321.

  • September 19th, 2017 - MAJOR WATER LINE REPAIRS WILL CAUSE OUTAGES, BOIL NOTICE
    BEGINNING THURSDAY, 11 P.M.

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    BEGINNING THURSDAY, 11 P.M.

    MAJOR WATER LINE REPAIRS WILL CAUSE OUTAGES, BOIL NOTICE

    Citizens asked to conserve water, Delay sprinkler systems

     

    On Thursday, 09/21/2017, at 11 pm, the City of Eastland will be shutting down the main water line for valve replacement. The replacement will likely take up to 7 am on Friday morning. When the water is restored, a boil water order will be in effect until further notice. The most affected areas will be east of the football stadium, but all water users should be prepared for a complete loss or decrease in water availability and are advised to conserve water accordingly.  

     

    All water users are requested to conserve as much water as possible during this time. If you have automatic lawn sprinklers please adjust the timers to not operate your system from 11 p.m. Thursday, September 21 until such time as the repairs are made and the system is at full operation.

     

    Public Notice to Boil Water

    September 21, 2017

    Due to repairs to the main water service line serving Eastland which resulted in a loss of system water pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the CITY OF EASTLAND to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption effective 1:00 A.M. on September 22, 2017.

    To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

    When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the City of Eastland will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

    If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Ron Duncan, Eastland City Manager at 254-629-8321.

  • August 2nd, 2017 - EASTLAND NURSING & REHABILITATION ANNOUNCES NEW CONSTRUCTION AND MERGER WITH THE WOODLANDS ASSISTED LIVING
    Two year construction time expected

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    (EASTLAND, Texas) – Trinity Healthcare, LLC (“Trinity Healthcare”) is pleased to announce that an affiliate has acquired the operations of The Woodlands, an assisted living facility in Eastland, TX. Affiliates of Fort Worth based Trinity Healthcare also operate Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation in Eastland, Texas and Cisco Nursing and Rehabilitation in Cisco, Texas, as well as other properties throughout the state.
    The vision is to expand The Woodlands by adding a skilled nursing wing to the existing assisted living facility, in essence creating a new nursing home, and combining the operations. Trinity Healthcare has engaged DFD Architects, based in Leander, Texas, to design the expansion. DFD Architects was the architect of The Woodlands during the initial construction almost ten years ago. The skilled nursing expansion will match the design of the existing facility with amenities that include a new therapy gym, dining rooms, private and semi-private resident units, additional family gathering space and professionally landscaped grounds. The combined skilled nursing and assisted living facility will have a total of 120 beds. Although the acquisition of the facility has already taken place, Ryan Harrington, President & CEO of Trinity Healthcare, said “due to the scope of this construction project, the expansion and subsequent combination of the facilities may take up to two years to complete.”
    Mr. Harrington further commented that once completed, the existing Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation will transfer all residents and employees to the new state of the art location. As part of the acquisition, all of the employees at The Woodlands will remain at the facility. The goal in expanding The Woodlands is to add skilled nursing services to allow our residents to age in place by offering multiple options for their appropriate level of care under one roof.
    Trinity Healthcare has worked closely with Eastland Memorial Hospital the last three years through Federal and State nursing home programs know as the Minimum Payment Amount Program (MPAP) and Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP). Under these programs, Eastland Memorial Hospital and Trinity Healthcare have “aligned” on successful patient quality metrics which allows access to Federal and State dollars. Through the implementation of these complex programs, additional funding will assist with the construction phase of this project.
    The Eastland Economic Development Corporation through grants will assist with the infrastructure. The successful completion of this project will create additional jobs and opportunities in the community.
    Mr. Harrington believes this acquisition, merger and construction will allow more Eastland citizens to receive the care and attention they deserve, saying “we saw an opportunity to reach more people in the community by combining facilities. The Woodlands stood out to us because they genuinely care about their residents and this merger will allow us to continue providing the best care, but allow us to assist and accommodate a larger group of people.”
    Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation is a nursing and rehabilitation facility located in Eastland, Texas that offers a living alternative for those unable to care for themselves. We offer a wide array of health, rehabilitation, dietary, and social services for short- and long-term stays. The facility is licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and participates in both Medicare and Medicaid.
    The Woodlands is an assisted living facility located in Eastland, Texas. We offer daily planned activities, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and much more. Come see for yourself, we can’t wait to show you around.
    For more information about Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation, visit eastlandnursing.com or call (254) 629-1779. For more information about The Woodlands Assisted Living, visit thewoodlandseastland.com or call (254) 629-1001.
    For more information, contact:
    Taylor Dunbar
    Marketing Specialist
    (817) 339-6177
    taylor@trinityhealthcare.com
  • August 1st, 2017 - CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG: IT IS THE LAW!
    Calling 811 Reduces Risk of Damaged Utility Lines by 99 Percent

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    Calling 811 Reduces Risk of Damaged Utility Lines by 99 Percent

    EASTLAND (August 9, 2017) – Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging.
    Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 47 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around all line markings by digging by hand.
    “The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”
    Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chance of hitting an underground utility line decreases to 99.9 percent. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.
    “Atmos Energy located 2.1 million underground natural gas lines in 2016. We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law. Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property,” said Paris.

    For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.org.

    About Atmos Energy
    Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country's largest, fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • July 1st, 2017 - MAJOR WATER LEAK REQUIRES BOIL WATER NOTICE
    Service should be restored by 6 p.m. today

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    The City of Eastland experienced a major leak in the water supply line from Eastland County Water Supply. This leak, about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, stopped all flow of water to the elevated storage tank. As a result the city has been without adequate pressure for several hours. City crews have been making repairs to restore water service. We anticipate service will be restored to the City by 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, July 18). Once water services are restored the City will immediately be under a Boil Water Notice. Once conditions no longer require boiling of water the public will be informed. Thank you for your patience.
    Public Notice to Boil Water
    July 18, 2017
    Due to a break in the main water service line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the CITY OF EASTLAND to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.
    To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
    When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the City of Eastland will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
    If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Ron Duncan, Eastland City Manager at 254-629-8321.
  • July 1st, 2017 - CITY PARK RECEIVES UPGRADE FROM LOCAL BUSINESS
    $1,000 Donation Installs Edging

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    Following recent upgrades at the Eastland City Park, CJ Prater, Administrator of Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation wanted to help with the park improvements. After a conversation with City Manager Ron Duncan, Eastland Nursing & Rehab donated $1,000 to the project which was used to purchase edging material to be placed around the playground equipment to help contain soft surface material.

    On July 26 a group of Eastland Nursing & Rehab staff, along with Prater and City of Eastland Public Works employees installed the edging material and the soft gravel around the playground equipment. The gravel gives children a softer landing at the end of the slide as well as the general play area for falls. The edging will help prevent the material from shifting away during play time.

    “We really appreciate Eastland Nursing & Rehabilitation for their generous contribution to our community,” said Eastland City Manager Ron Duncan. “By their contribution and hard work our park is a safer place for our children to enjoy. Eastland Nursing & Rehab should be commended for their community pride and for the service they offer to the area.”
  • June 2nd, 2017 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
    Notice of Surface Water Treatment Technique Violation by the Eastland County Water Supply District 1 (ECWSD)
    June 16, 2017

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    Notice of Surface Water Treatment Technique Violation by the Eastland County Water Supply District 1 (ECWSD)
    June 16, 2017

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) set minimum water quality standards for public drinking water. These standards include enforceable treatment technique requirements for drinking water. In May 20-17 the ECWSD which sells water to City of Eastland, 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 May 2017 the ECWSD failed to meet the minimum treatment standards for disinfection of the treated water through the plant for more than four consecutive hours at least once in the month. In 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.

    What does it 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 yo0ur water or take other actions beyond notifying your users of the treatment technique violation described herein. We do not know of any contamination, and none of our testing has shown disease-causing organisms in the drinking water.

    What should I Do?
    The ECWSD has implemented standard operating procedures to reduce the chance of these treatment technique violations from happening again. The ECWSD has also prepared for you the required public notice that you are required to provide to your water users.
    Please share this information with all the 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 Ron Duncan, City Manager at 254-629-8321

    Public Water System ID # TX0670002
  • June 1st, 2017 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
    Notice of Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL, Non-Acute Chlorine Dioxide)
    Violation by the Eastland County Water Supply District 1 (ECWSD)
    June 16, 2017

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    Notice of Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL, Non-Acute Chlorine Dioxide)
    Violation by the Eastland County Water Supply District 1 (ECWSD)
    June 16, 2017

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the Eastland County Water Supply District 1 (PWS TX0670019) which supplies treated drinking water to the City of Eastland (PWS TX0670002) that the drinking water supplied to customers in March 2017 has exceeded the Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MEDL) for Chlorine Dioxide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MRDL for CHLORINE DIOXIDE at 0.8 mg/L, based on a daily sample result, and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MRDL. Eastland County Water Supply District 1 collected the required follow up samples in March 2017.

    Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorine dioxide in excess of the MRDL could experience nervous system effects. Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorine dioxide in excess of the MRDL. Some people may experience anemia.

    The Chlorine Dioxide violations reported today are the result of exceedances at the treatment facility plant only, not within the distribution system which delivers water to consumers. Continued compliance with Chlorine Dioxide levels within the distribution system minimizes the potential risk of these violations to consumers.

    What is being done?
    The ECWSD has implemented standard operating procedures to reduce the chance of exceeding the MRDL for chlorine dioxide at the treatment plant again. The ECWSD has also prepared foe you the required public notice that you are required to provide to your water users.
    Please share this information with all the 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 Ron Duncan, City Manager at 254-629-8321

    Public Water System ID # TX0670002
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