Guadalupe County Commissioners Court offered a little help to lake-front homeowners affected by the Lake Dunlap spill gate failure last week, which sent thousands of gallons per second of water rushing downstream and emptied the lake for the time being.
“What happened to the folks on Lake Dunlap is devastating,” County Judge Kyle Kutscher said. “The county should not be adding insult to injury. We should be trying to help every way we can, not putting hands in pockets.”
The court voted 5-0 to waive the county’s $150 permit fee associated with construction or repairs at the lake, as recommended by Shelly Coleman, Guadalupe County environmental health director.
Coleman brought the idea to the court. County leaders felt it would help provide some relief to the property owners affected by the dam failing and draining the lake.
Single-family homeowners expecting to make repairs and do other work requiring a permit must still go through the entire permitting process, but they won’t have to pay the customary $150 fee, Coleman said.
Commissioners approved the respite for shoreline permits until Dec. 31.
“I’m very happy to be helping in some way, shape or form,” Precinct No. 4 Commissioner Judy Cope said.
Commissioners discussed possible end dates for the permit fee amnesty. They considered ending it on Labor Day as well as waiving the fees for a full calendar year.
Ultimately the court decided on it lasting through this year.
They could come back and discuss extending the waiver in the future, Kutscher said.