Somervell County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday stating they are “supportive of all reasonable efforts” to keep Chalk Mountain “pristine” with a 4-0 vote.
The resolution cited three important factors, the first being that the roadside State Park on highway 67 overlooks Chalk Mountain. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the park.
The second point was that the county depends on tourists and tourism dollars for revenue and a rock crushing operation on a main highway could negatively impact the county.
The third point on the resolution said Chalk Mountain itself is a vital part of the county as a scenic and historical landmark.
Somervell and Erath County residents have been working to save Chalk Mountain since Tommy Davis, doing business as Slick Machines, ran a public notice for an air quality permit on Aug. 14.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, a hot dog lunch was held at the roadside park, giving residents an idea about what visual effect the rock crushing operation would have in the area.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Somervell County Citizen’s Center.
Elected officials, TCEQ representatives and Davis will be on hand to hear comments and answer questions from audience members.
All city and county residents are invited to attend. Anyone may ask questions or make comments during the meeting.
Representative Sid Miller will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. prior to the TCEQ meeting. Miller has requested a contested hearing to be held in Austin before Slick Machines is granted a permit. A judge hears a contested hearing and only statements from affected residents will be taken.