To the editor
This is a letter of appreciation for the action taken by the Mayor and the City Council at their meeting on September 9, 2008, to review the overflow from and around Alligator Pond between Hereford and Cedar Streets down to the Paluxy River.
The Problem of Overflow from and around Alligator Pond down to the Paluxy River:
Overflow from Alligator Pond is channeled under Highway 67. The sloping terrain on the side of Highway 67 opposite Alligator Pond also contributes rainwater runoff, additional soil, paving chunks, and debris. The overflow and runoff zigzags over and around boulders, trees, and brush. It cuts a narrow channel until the creek bed widens behind the Cedar Street residence and 404, 402, 306, and 300 Hereford, where the overflow and runoff dump their load.
The overflow and runoff are then channeled under Vine Street. It flows behind seven more homes. It is channeled under Elm Street, across the Milam block, under Barnard Street, and then coats the Bird Sanctuary with a layer of silt before emptying into the Paluxy River.
City Council Meeting January 2009: You addressed the problem of overflow from Alligator Pond and rainwater runoff, soil, and debris between Hereford and Cedar Streets from Alligator Pond to the Paluxy River.
Background: During his term of office, after each heavy rainfall, your City Superintendent has walked up the overflow and rainwater runoff from and around Alligator Pond to determine the cause of the problem, the best procedure and the most beneficial time to resolve the problem. To get a second opinion, he recently invited a city councilman to join him in their inspection. Both men were of the same opinion regarding the cause, resolution, and the timing to resolve the problem.
The Project: Prior to beginning this project, the City Superintendent shared with this home owner the apparent causes of the problem, the suggested resolution, and that now was the time to begin.
Both heavy duty and light earth-moving equipment and dump trucks were moved in. Access and egress through the adjoining neighbor’s property was obtained. The work area has aged cedar-elm, pecan, pine, and other native trees. Other planted shrubs dot the landscape. The original stone embankment for the overflow from Alligator Pond, which was hand-laid in the 1930’s-40’s, although several feet high, was completely submerged in most places by run-off mud and debris. There were other hand-laid stone terraces. No mortar was used between the stones when the creek bed was embanked to permit at-that-time the gentle overflow from Alligator Pond to saturate the terraces.
Your City Superintendent and his able-bodied, hard-working, alert, and well-trained team arrived January 9, 2009. First, he briefed the men on the approved project. Secondly, he got into the cabin, first, of their huge, bulldozing equipment, and secondly, of a smaller bulldozer. He demonstrated to them how to move the equipment around in this tight, fragile, and difficult-to-work-in landscape and how to proceed with the project. Third, he watched them as they did it before he moved on to his dozen or more ongoing projects that day. At the end of the first workday, after his team had gone, he came back to inspect what they had done and how they had done it.
He was concerned about his men and their safety, about the equipment, and about the project being finished well. His motivation was to improve the scenic beauty of Glen Rose and the quality of life for all citizens.
Thank you for your sensitivity to this project, for your supervisory and workforce personnel, and for the excellence with which they are completing the job.
Early this morning before daybreak, our LORD added His blessing of rain to your effort. For the first time in probably twenty years the embankment of this seasonally dry creek bed again held rainfall and some runoff from and around Alligator Pond.
“He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.”
Psalm 72.6 King James Version