Opinions on Wolfforth water treatment sought

Wanted: Wolfforth residents’ opinions about the new water treatment center and the possibility of tying into a well field the city bought near Ropesville years ago.

The city of Wolfforth has reserved the Frenship High School cafeteria for a town hall meeting on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. said City Manager Darrell Newsom, in order to hear what residents think.

Mayor Charles Addington said he and other city officials have not received a lot of feedback regarding city plans to build a water treatment facility, or the possibility of bringing water from the Ropesville wells.

“Nobody’s asked any questions,” he said of the process. “But at the same time, I want to give everyone the opportunity to ask those questions.”

Councilman Randy Gross said he also has had no feedback from the public.

“We need their input on this thing. We’re spending their money, so we need their input,” Gross said.

Gross said he does not interpret the silence as Wolfforth residents’ agreement with the city’s plans.

“I just don’t know that they know what’s going on right now,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons for the town hall meeting.”

Newsom said city employees haven’t received many questions either, although he said when the city sends out notices in its bills about arsenic and fluoride in its water, they get comments.

Water treated by reverse osmosis is currently available at City Hall for families with children under 14 years old.

Addington said he hopes the high school cafeteria will be more inviting to Wolfforth residents than the council chambers in City Hall. There will also be more room if large numbers of people attend, he said.

The mayor said he does not believe the whole City Council will be at the town hall meeting, but he said if most of the members express interest and the ability to be there, the meeting will have to be an official council meeting because there will be a quorum.

“There will not be a vote that night,” he said.

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