Monday, January 16, 2012

Twin Buttes Irrigation to Go Year Round

San Angelo City Council may amend their contract with the Bureau of Reclamation on irrigation water from Twin Buttes.  The proposed resolution states:

"providing for allocation of the Project water supply and to reflect the change in the irrigation season from February 1st through October 31st , to year round use." 
The originator of the memo amending the contract is Water Chief Will Wilde.

City of San Angelo
Memo Date: January 10, 2012
To: Mayor and Council members
From: Will Wilde, Water Utilities Director 
Subject: Agenda Item for January 17, 2012
Council Meeting Contact: Will Wilde, Water Utilities Director, 657-4209

Caption: Consent Agenda. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Contract for Twin Buttes Reservoir with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Water Chief Will Wilde owns a 300 acre "hobby farm" with rights to the irrigation water.  City leaders said there was no conflict of interest in September.  Did Wilde ever file a disclosure statement in this regard?  Has that been made available to the public?

Coming on the heels of Mayor New's unsubstantial, but substantial conflict of interest and his advisory board vs. board member position, City leaders should be out front on declared conflicts.  However, this Council is consistent in their opacity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is no irrigation at any time of year if the level of Twin Buttes and Lake Nasworthy combined are less than 50,000 acre-feet, regardless of the time of year. The last time the irrigation ditch was open was early in 2011.