Valerie Bustamante’s front page story (Tuesday, Jan. 29) and photos about the public meeting to discuss a proposed wastewater treatment plant to be installed north of Geronimo nicely captured the spirit of the meeting. Valerie also cited the concerns expressed by both citizens and elected officials about adding 1,000 homes to the Navarro Independent School District and the need for the county to provide fire and law enforcement for this major, rural subdivision.

While development and population growth are inevitable, there is no justification for poor planning that will increase taxation for the entire county, block road access during heavy rain events and dumping 300,000 gallons/day of treated wastewater across rural roads and into the Geronimo Creek. Nor should TCEQ routinely declare as “administratively complete” permit applications that include serious errors and omissions.

Thanks to expert reporters like Valerie, I’m confident the Seguin Gazette will continue to keep us subscribers well informed about future developments in Guadalupe County. Hopefully, more rural residents will subscribe to the paper so they can also stay informed.

Forrest M. Mims III, Seguin

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