The proposed major wastewater treatment plan for Seguin must be carefully reviewed by independent experts before it is approved by the city council. Why? Seguin’s leadership, and its poorly selected low-bid contractors, have an extraordinarily poor record in the installation and maintenance of major sewer projects.
The record includes the selection of incompetent contractors, including a paving contractor that had never installed a sewer collection system. I and others warned the city about the contractor’s poor record, but the city council, led by the current mayor when he was on council, approved its selection. Moreover, the work of these contractors was not regularly inspected by Seguin officials, none of whom were present when a contractor excavated a huge cavity under active railroad tracks, about which Seguin failed to notify Union Pacific. (The contractor’s foreman and I notified Union Pacific.) Nor were inspectors present when a contractor bored through the side of the Geronimo Creek instead of under the creek. Earlier, the contractor’s foreman informed me this would happen. (I notified the city, which replied all was well.)