Resident vows fight at public hearing

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Public hearing on city's permit application for a wastewater treatment facility.

    WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

    WHO: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Victoria staff.

Be ready for quite the crowd at an upcoming public hearing.

Henry Perez said, hopefully 20 to 30 people affiliated with him will go to a public hearing for a proposed wastewater treatment plant near his home.

"Let's just say that the concerned citizens are organizing," Perez said.

The owner of a 15-acre plot of land, Perez doesn't want the plant near his house. He spoke out against it at a recent city council meeting, prompting a response from Councilman Joe Truman at the time.

"The TCEQ is not going to particularly care to hear, 'I just don't want it in my backyard,'" said Truman, referring to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

"It has to be a major structural or historic issue that would prevent us from proceeding on that site."

Truman has fought against the plant before. But he has since said that the fight was lost, and now the city must make sure to build a good, safe plant.

Lynn Short, director of public works, said the hearing regards the city's permit request for the plant. The hearing will be held by the commission.

The hearing will include a presentation by city staff, a question-and-answer session and an opportunity for citizens to comment, Short said.

Perez said that he and others have received letters from the commission about the meeting.

Emily Perez, his wife, said that they fixed up the property after they bought it. Henry Perez said the plant would bring his property value down.

Truman said he probably would've heard rumblings in city hall if there was any chance for the permit not to be approved.

But that won't stop Henry Perez.

"If they put it there, they put it there. But it won't be without a fight," he said.