2009-08-13 / Front Page

Five-County Water Pipeline Requests Resolution from Lee County

At the Lee County Commissioner's Court meeting on Monday, August 10, 2009, the Court heard a presentation from R. W. Harden & Associates concerning a Resolution from the Court in reference to financing certain facilities for Cross County Pipeline Corporation. The Resolution is being requested by Cross County in order to facilitate their issuing bonds to finance the construction of a water pipeline from Burleson County across Lee County, north of Lexington and north of FM 696, and continuing through Bastrop, Williamson and Travis Counties. This pipeline is intended to move water from wells in Burleson County over to Travis and Williamson Counties.

According to the representatives from R. W. Harden & Associates and those from Cross County Pipeline, having the requested Resolution will aid Cross County to issue bonds that are tax exempt, the same as the County itself can do now, and thus pay a lower interest rate. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

As explained to the Court, this Pipeline would bring no direct dollar benefit to the County, but the County would benefit from the purchase of supplies and equipment during the Construction of the Pipeline. The Pipeline would make water available for purchase along the line and would have no adverse effect on the Lexington water availability. This last point would be true because the water being pumped in Burleson County is from the Simsboro Aquifer, while Lexington draws its water from the Carizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

Based on questions from the Commissioners, there seems to be a great deal of confusion and concern about this project. As a result, no action was taken at this time.

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