latest wrinkle in the LCRA - Hamilton Pool Road water line saga
is a doosey. It appears that there is no one left to tap into
that proposed line except Rebecca Hudson and her development
of 468 houses. In the beginning, the LCRA proclaimed that they
had to have approximatelt 1,300 taps to make the construction
of the pipe viable. So how, with only 468 taps, are they going
to do it now? Glad you asked.
Hudson is going to pay all the costs for running a water line
from Cueva Road, to which there is already existing service,
to her development up Crumley Ranch Road. The line, under this
new plan, will be downsized from the original 16" down to 12".
This line would end at the Hudson development but the 12" pipe
would have enough capacity for hundreds more homes that might
be built in future subdivisions between 71 and Crumley Ranch
Rebecca Hudson's heavy campaigning to gain their support, It
is very possible that the line
will not service the three subdivisions at RR12 - Deer Creek,
Saddletree and WestCave.
Some people in these subdivisions have been vocal supporters
of the pipeline in the hopes that they would get a source of
good, cheap water. These people have been deceived.
here's the sweetheart part. According to the LCRA's Brent Covert,
the estimated cost of running the line the 2.8 miles from Cueva
up to Crumley Ranch and then the additional (approximately)
.8 mile farther up Hamilton Pool Road to the Hudson's place
(a total of about 3.6 miles) is $1 million. Not
a bad price, $278,000 per
mile, especially when you compare it with the LCRA's estimated
the line the additional 1.9
miles from Hudson's to RR12. (LCRA Engineer Randy
Goss said he thought it would be more like $1.2 million but
why split hairs over a couple hundred thousand dollars.) The
LCRA has been telling people that to go beyond the Hudson property,
another $4-5 million or a per mile cost of about 2.1 to 2.6 million
dollars! See, the LCRA claims that to go any farther than Crumley,
the system will require a pump station and a huge tank, boosting
the cost enormously.
to existing landowners along Hamilton Pool Road: LCRA is only
interested in delivering water to new future subdivisions,
not pre-existing ones. This way, they say, they can be sure
the infrastructure and delivery are up to their standards.
How do you like them apples? So all the pain felt for the poor
folks with lousy wells turns out to be a bunch of hooey. They
are being left out of this current plan altogether unless they
can come up with the big bucks to pay their share of the exhorbitant
costs being proposed.
LCRA people have said they will be trying to enlist lot owners
Saddletree and WestCave to sign up for taps. They are not optimistic
about signing up enough people to absorb the high cost of the
waterline extension. If both of these subdivisions did participate
at a 90% rate (Goss threw out the figure 80%), which is
going to happen,
per lot owner there could come out to $10-12 thousand (enough
to put in a nice rainwater system). And then they would still
have to pay hefty monthly charges for their water (Randy Goss's
estimate was $75/month). So, given that the water line is almost
surely going to stop at
Hudson's delightful subdivision, what's in it for the rest
of us? Can you say unbearable traffic? How about school and
safety issues? Arrggghhh!