In 1999 the City of Gordon signed an engineering agreement for a wastewater treatment plant. A week ago under some shade trees on a hot Texas day, the long awaited groundbreaking ceremony was held.
Gordon’s 451 residence have not had access to City sewer services and have had to rely on individual septic systems. In 2006, Gordon ISD had been notified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that their sewage facilities were not acceptable and they were required to update it which they did. Now, after many years of the painstakingly slow process of trying to get paperwork passed through the system, Gordon will finally get their much needed wastewater treatment plant. All residents of Gordon will be required to be on the city sewer system and will be responsible for getting the line from their house to the city line. Septic systems will eventually be a thing of the past for those who live within the city limits.
Allen Lambright and Yolanda Collins were on hand representing the USDA Rural Development Corp along with Derek Turner, Randy Beyer and John Phelps from the engineering firm of Jacob & Martin Ltd., and Mark Ivy with Ivy & Ivy Construction.
Derek Turner presented Mayor Petty with a gold inscribed shovel to commemorate the event.
Mayor Lillie Petty said “On behalf of the citizens of Gordon I want to thank all of you who have helped get this grant through. I believe it is the turning point for real progress in our community. Again, thank you.” She then asked former mayor Pat Sublett to speak. Mr. Sublett had been on the city counsel from the beginning of the project until he resigned his position and did not run in the last election. In his speech Mr. Sublett stated that this sewer system is going to be a great thing for the community and will open up opportunities for development.
Mayor Petty pointed out that things are already moving forward for Gordon. Backroads Bakery is in the process of moving into downtown Gordon, the new Gordon Community Library and Museum opened recently and construction has begun on the new Community Center.
With three lift stations completed and the fourth near completion, the project is on track to be completed by this time next year. There will be some construction the citizens will have to work around as they lay pipe throughout the town, but the results due to the inconvenience will be well worth it.