The Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (MTGCD) met Thursday with three new directors from Bosque County.

Bosque County representatives Alan Day, Barbara Domel and Bobby Conrad took part in the meeting that focused on preparing Coryell County for their upcoming effort to join MTGCD as the fourth county.

MTGCD General Manager Joe Cooper opened up the second and final required public hearing Thursday by stating that he felt adding Coryell would create a “symbiotic relationship” between the counties and would help the district gain a larger voice in governmental arenas.

Officials from Coryell, including County Judge John Firth, were present for the hearing. However, no comments were made either for or against their petition to join the district.

In the regular meeting, Cooper said he and Office Manager Sharon Maynard held a meeting for well drillers in Bosque County on July 16 to explain how the district’s rules would affect their businesses. He said drillers from surrounding counties also attended.

Maynard reported that 116 operating permit renewals had been returned with more than 200 still outstanding. However, she said the return was a good number to start with and hopes to receive the remaining permits soon.

Field Technician Johnny Wells reported he had a slow month with only five water quality tests. All five received good results.

As MTGCD anticipates growing to four counties, Cooper updated the board on the progress of their new building.

Property on Wolfe Nursery Road in Stephenville has been approved for purchase and bids for the building project are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. Aug. 25.

Cooper said he should be able to fine-tune the 2010 budget once the bids are opened and he has a better idea of what the project is going to cost. In the meantime, he will continue to prepare the budget for board approval at the next scheduled meeting.

The board is also tentatively set to discuss and adopt the tax rate at the next meeting. MTGCD’s rate has been 1.5 cents per $100 of property value since the district began a taxing entity.

He added that Bosque County’s revenue would not start coming in until October 2010 and was therefore not part of the upcoming budget.