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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Page 15 News .S owners Often, private water well owners don't have a profes- sional look at their well sys- tems until something goes wrong. That may be understand- able, but it's not wise consider- ing the importance of a reli- able, safe drinking water sup- ply, according to Jamie Osbourn, Llano County AgriLife extension agent, announcing a series of online owner lessons that began Jan. 15. The series of well owner lessons are available for free online at www.WellOwner.org. "Six more lessons should be available by mid-February covering well inspections, well cleaning, and well disin- fection as well as water quality issues involving lead, ura- nium, and septic systems," said Osbourn, who can be con- tacted by calling 325-247- 5159 or by email: jcos- bourn@ag.tamu.edu. "A routine well inspection can help ensure the well sys- tem is operating properly, pro- long the system's useful life, and discover water quality problems that present a health risk," he said. The National Ground Water Association recom- mends well systems be inspected annually by a licensed or certified water well system professional. Aprofes- sional inspection should include: a visual inspection of the wellhead, a visual inspec- tion of the well system compo- nents and other equipment and a physical inspection of the well system components. Conditions that warrant a water well system inspection include: anytime the well has been opened up (the well cap or seal removed); a new odor, taste, or cloudiness appear to the water; the well is not pro- ducing as much water as before, and anytime a positive water test results for coliform bacteria, anaerobic bacteria or other potential health con- ceil'IS. "Between professional inspections, well owners should watch their well sys- tems closely," said Osboum. "Examine the wellhead area for corrosion or deterioration of components, for compo- nents that appear loose or ajar, for new potential groundwater contamination sources, for pooling water around the well- head and for plant root sys- tems within 10 feet of the wellhead. "If any of these conditions are evident, discuss them with a qualified water well system professional." Osbourn's announcement listed four good reasons to test well water: Family protection: Well owners who do not test their water, could unknowingly allow their families to drink unsafe water. Others do it: Regular water testing is a normal, com- mon sense stewardship prac- tice for many well owners. Peace of mind: Is it really worth wondering or worrying about the safety of your water? Property value: Chances are a property that doesn't have safe drinking water will be less valuable than one that does. Other resources: Not part of the Llano AgriLife announcement are a few more resources for well owners. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ), 512-239- 3754 or www.tceq.texas.gov, maintains guidelines and a list of laboratories accredited by the State of Texas under the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP). The Kingsland Water Supply Corporation, 325-388- 6611, at 1422 West Drive in Kingsland, provides bottles and forms to submit samples for testing through a certified lab for $15-$20 per test. The pick-up dates are the first and second Tuesday of each month. In Burnet County, the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District, 512- 756-4900, at 225 South Pierce Street in Burnet provides a simple positive or negative test for the presence of coliform bacteria. For more involved tests for chemicals and miner- als, the district refers county residents to TCEQ resources. g nomin Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) is accepting nominations from eligible can- didates in PEC Board Districts 4 and 5 interested in running to serve on the co-op's Board of Directors. The District 4 seat currently is held by Chris Perry and the District 5 seat, by James Oakley. Petition forms and informa- tion are posted on PEC's web- site at pec.coop/nomination. Members also may call 1-888- 554-4732 or go to any PEC office to request the materials. The petition materials include qualifications, instructions, an application, maps showing PEC Board districts, and forms for submitting background infor- mation and collecting member signatures. Members seeking nontina- tion for PEC director positions are required by co-op bylaws to do so through a petition process. Verifiable signatures from 50 members who live within the nominee's board district or have designated a voting residence within that district are required for nomination. Members seek- ing nomination may obtain a list of members within each board district by emailing openre- cords@peci.com; members may call the PEC Elections Team at 1-800-868-4791, Ext. 5163, for more detailed information. Completed petition materi- als must be received at PEC headquarters by the board recording secretary by 5 p.m. on March 28,~, . ...... Director nominees have to maintain primary residence receiving continuous electric service for one year in the PEC board district in which they seek election. In September, the PEC Board of Directors approved refinements to the co-op's direc- tor district boundaries to divide proportionally the number of PEC members in each district. PEC Board District 4 now includes parts of Blanco, Hays and Travis counties; District 5 now includes parts of Blanco, Burnet, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Menard, Real, Sutton, Travis and Williamson counties. Running for a seat on the Board and voting in PEC elec, tions is a distinctive benefit of being a co-op membe~ Directors are democratically elected by the PEC membership and are compensated for their service. The co-op has one director from each of its seven board districts, and directors serve three-year terms. A member-staffed qualifica- tions review committee will verify nominees' qualifications. After petition signatures and nominees qualifications are verified, PEC plans to announce the director candidates April 18. Members from all seven districts will be able to vote by mail or online between May 19 and June 10, or in person at the co-op's June 18 annual meeting in Dripping Springs. Election results will be announced near the conclusion of the annual meeting. neers The Burnet Pioneers/Ag Problems & Solutions Class of Burnet High School visited the Texas State Capitol Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 20-21. Agriculture instructor Koby Schooler said the class collaborated with other stu- dents to form solutions to local and state water, educa- tion and entrepreneurship problems. "The solutions they came up with were presented to members if The Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Education Agency, Texas Water Development Board and other important member of the Texas govern- ment," said Schooler. "The Pioneers class has been a per- fect opportunity to help the apl students excel in leadership skills, to get involved in their communities and to help with local, state, national and inter- national problems." CONTRIBUTED In a row behind Burnet High School agriculture teacher Koby Schooler, are .students from the Burnet Pioneers/Ag Problems & Solutions class on a visit to the Texas Capitol. They are (from left) Austin Moore, Jordan Killebrew, Jesse Johanson, Cole Gilmore, Kaygen Floyd, Dillon Crain, Michael Harris, Summir Hill and Sierra Armentrout TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES: APAC-Texas, Inc., has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an amendment to Air Quality Permit No. lOO8, which would authorize modification to the Rock Crushing Facility located at 8147 South U.S. Highway 281, Burnet, Burnet County, Texas 78611. Additional information concerning this application is contained in the public notice section of this newspaper. Tickets now on sale for Burnet Chamber Banquet Tickets are now available for the 61st Annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony. This year's banquet will be on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street. Chamber membership is not required to attend and cele- brate seven community awards and the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Hall of Honor awards. Chamber awards include Citizen, Senior Citizen, Youth, Law Enforcement, Educator, Farmer/Rancher and Small and Large Business of the Year awards. Outgoing and incoming chamber directors, will be rec- ognized and school admini- strations will present BCISD Hall of Honor awards. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, fol- lowed by dinner and program starting at 7 p.m. Businesses can reserve an eight-ticket table for $200 and individual tickets will be $30 each, Ticket prices include the cost of the meal, drinks of beer and wine, entertainment and the evening's awards program. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber's office, located at 101 North Pierce Street, or fi'om any board of director member. For more information, call 512-756-4297. Local judge Nelson attends Austin confab Bumet County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1) Roxanne Nelson, participated in the recent New Justice of the Peace Stage I and Stage II seminars held in Austin, Texas. The seminars were spon- sored by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, a divi- sion of Texas State University, San Marcos, with offices in Austin, Texas. The seminars are held in a three-part series for JPs in order to fulfill first- year requirements of 80 hours of continuing education per Article 27.005 of the Government Code and Rules of Judicial Education. The seminars addressed topics such as judicial ethics, financial and personnel man- agement, residential evictions, magistration, inquests, funda- mentals of criminal procedure Nelson and traffic, family violence, occupational driver's license hearings, civil procedure, juvenile law, truancy, debt claims, administrative hear- ings, civil judgments and commercial motor vehicles. Judge Nelson will attend the Stage III seminar in April 2016 for completion of the 80 hour requirement. Argenbright, McCury on ETBU's Dean's List ' East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) recognized two Bumet students for out- standing academic achievement during the 2015 fall semester. On the Dean's List with Honors were Matthew Argenbright and Hannah McCurry. The Dean's List with Honors are students who have a 3.5 grade point average or above. ETBU offers graduate pro- grams in business, counseling, religion and education, as well as 40 undergraduate programs. Its Christ-centered education emphasizes integration of faith and learning. Trusted Advice, Exceptional Service. With over 50 years of combined local experience we take the time to get to know you and your unique financial situation. We are professionals who will develop a tailored investment strategy based on your entire financial picture, including money you've invested elsewhere. 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