POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:59am
UPDATED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:35am
OVERTON, TX — A structurally imperiled dam on Overton Lake is just the latest trickle from a flood of water fines and state environmental actions that apparently were ignored by city leaders until guess-what-broke.
“It took me 16 months to fix this,” Overton City Administrator Joe Cantu said, referring to $96.000 in Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fines from two enforcement orders on water and one on wastewater that were ongoing when he arrived in September 2012. “The last letter we got said we have met all terms in the agreed order and are out of the woods, so to speak.”
Previous letters weren’t as comforting.
Two months after taking the city’s reins, Cantu got one from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality drawing his attention to the dam at Overton Lake.
“I was notified on Nov. 7, 2012, that the city had not done anything after having been contacted many times,” he said. “Nobody on the City Council knew that the city had been contacted. They didn’t know there was a problem out there.”
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