Why has the city council not repaired and improved our roads as promised, despite having collected approximately $4 million in gas royalties from XTO?
How did select Alderman on the city council, along with our city attorney, receive a "special" lease from XTO?
Why did the city council increase the debt of our city by 75% in May 2014 despite windfall XTO gas royalties in recent years? DWG is now dependent on XTO for financial viability.
Why did a new audit firm hired by DWG fabricate nearly $500,000 of profit for 2011 by changing DWG's actual audit report?
In 2011 DWG purchased 280 million gallons of water from Fort Worth – over 100 million gallons more than normal. Why did the city not produce more well water in 2011 to keep Fort Worth water rates lower?
For over a year, informed questions regarding serious matters have been asked of the DWG city council. These questions have been ignored, dismissed or addressed in a questionable manner.
We believe all citizens of DWG are entitled to truthful and complete answers regarding matters that effect our quality of life and the investments we have made in our homes. We love our city, the families who live here and the traditions that make DWG unique. We seek answers so that we can help DWG become something it once was – the best place to live in Tarrant County.
Herein we summarize many of the unanswered questions. We provide facts, documents, analysis and recorded statements of city council members. We are disappointed that the city council has accused the Pappy Elkins Restoration Group of spreading misinformation. We are undeterred. As long time and devoted citizens of DWG, we assure you our intentions are genuine and transparent. We encourage you to read on and become more informed – then decide for yourself where the truth resides.
April 2014 Council Meeting
In this meeting the city council was asked about allowing XTO to use Pappy Elkins Lake as a frac pond - something Mayor Tedder in multiple town hall meetings had promised would never happen. We suspected that XTO had violated their TCEQ permit because we had pictures of XTO's pump operating in the lake after the expiration of their permit. The city council wanted citizens to believe that XTO complied with their permit limitations and only look water from the lake to frac the first three wells in the summer of 2010. They also insisted that the city kept track of all the water XTO removed from the lake. When the TCEQ asked for these "monitoring records" there were none and XTO was forced to convey this to the TCEQ in the email presented here:
Several councilmen spoke authoritatively on this subject - except their statements of "facts" were false as confirmed by the TCEQ. The truth is that XTO removed water in late 2010/early 2011 and DWG kept no records of XTO's removal of water. Here is what some council members had to say:
September 2014 Council Meeting
In this meeting, a citizen addressed the city council with several concerning matters. Here is the audio of the statement:
When the council had the opportunity to address these issues in open meeting, they did not. Not a single issue was spoken to. These are serious issues DWG is facing, but this council seemed disinterested in them. An approach of denial or of sticking the council’s heads in the sand in the hopes that these grave matters will disappear accomplishes nothing, and we believe our city needs a plan to address them.
The only comments made by a council member were by Councilman Snodgrass, which can best be described as “defamation of a citizen akin to shooting the messenger”. Mr. Snodgrass accused the citizen of presenting false information in the August 2014 city council meeting and other discrediting actions, none of which he was able to substantiate because he was not speaking the truth. His comments are found here:
This ad hominem attack on one citizen is unbecoming of a member of the city council, which represents the citizenry of DWG as a whole.
No member of DWG city government has offered an explanation for the arbitrary manipulation of the financial information in the 2012 Audit Report that was revealed by this citizen in the August 2014 meeting.
Our group was formed following the April 2014 DWG city council meeting. In this meeting we sought assistance from the city council and instead we were berated for asking informed questions. Over the last year, we have observed our city council acting in a manner that we believe DWG citizens would find offensive. These unbecoming actions, which include numerous questionable statements of "fact" by our Mayor and Aldermen, reflect badly on the entire city and are largely unknown because of low attendance at council meetings. We believe it is important that citizens have an appreciation for the culture of our city council and the manner in which they treat the citizens they represent. Here are several examples.
Unbecoming Acts of Our City Council