Acquiring Country Farm Utilities

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This page is about acquiring country farm utilities. This was virgin utility land.  I thought it would be easy to get utilities added to the property.

So the first thing we decided to do was to go to the post office and find out what we needed to do. This was in Poteet Texas. They told us that we needed to go to Pleasanton to get a 911 address. 

So we went to Pleasanton where we met with the 911 folks and got an address pending approval by TX Dot. She told us we had to go to Jourdanton to check with TX Dot.  We arrived there and were told that we are on the border and had to go to Hondo to see the TX Dot people there to see about getting a mail box put in and the easement for the driveway.  We did all of this and finally have an approved address, mailbox and easement.

One fine morning we decided to go and see what needed to be done to get the water hooked up since there was city water available. We are just a few miles from the water well and tower.

We had to go to Lyle to get a permit to hook up. While there we found out that a hydrostatic study had to be done first. We paid $100 and were told in about two weeks we would hear from the engineer. 

We head from the engineer in about two weeks.   We went and applied for the permit and were told it would take about three weeks, we would have a water meter.  This was not good since we had to be out of our home in two weeks.  So I had to purchase a water tank, pump and get it filled up.  To my surprise, there were no water filling companies around us.  Finally found a company out of Houston.  It cost me $1300 to fill up a 2500 gallon tank.

We also decided to set up our pool.  $800 for this.  But it was hot and we needed a way to cool down.  I also set up a portable shower.  We also had to get a port-a-john since we had no toliet facility.

Just when we thought the water should be hooked up, we received a call from the company handling this to say that we needed to fill out another form.  The office girl had not given the right forms to fill out,  Another three weeks delay.  Finally the water was hooked up.

Every thing went according to plan for the septic tank.

Electricity is provided by Karnes Electric which is located in Karnes City, Texas. I was able to call and set up an appointment for an engineer to come out and mark off where the poles would go and so on. This took three weeks to get an appointment. It will take another 2 weeks to get an estimate from him. And then in about 16 weeks we will get power, that is, if there are no storms or other disasters that keep them from hooking us up.  And we had to put down a payment of about $3000.

Trash company has gone a great job.  The pick up once a week and cost us about $129 a month.

Also there was a trash dump at the back of the property. It was filled with all kinds of stuff. We had a 12 yard dumpster dropped off to haul this stuff  away.  After several loads we decided to burn it.  It burned for three days and was still burning when we had a bull dozier cover it up.

(Below is a picture of the roll off needed to do some land cleaning and a port-a-jon used for other types of cleaning--if you know what I mean. I had a port-a-jon ((called a refrigerator by those of us in the military)) delivered since there are no restrooms for miles around.)


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