Fussell appointed president of groundwater conservation district
Hardin County Commissioners appointed Roger Fussell to President of the Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation District (GCD) Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 30.
Fussell manages the Lumberton Municipal Utility District and has been a board member of the GCD since 2006.
His appointment comes as Walter Glenn, of Jasper, previous Board President, resigned last December 2018.
“This last year I was appointed as president,” he said, moving up from the GCD Vice-President position, which he has held since 2009.
The move left a Hardin County vacancy on the board; he said: “so, they had to appoint somebody to fill my spot.”
Commissioners appointed Robb Starr to the board to fill the remainder of Fussell’s board term.
Southeast Texas GCD covers four counties Hardin, Jasper, Newton, and Tyler, specifically regulating commercial or private water well permits.
“Each county court appoints three members to serve on the board and then, the chairman is appointed by the four county judges, collectively,” he said.
Starr joins Bobby Rogers to serve a three year term, effective Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2022. Hardin County resident Sam Ashworth also serves on the GCD Board.
The Southeast Texas GCD was created in 2006 to “conserve, preserve, protect, recharge, and prevent waste of groundwater, and to control subsidence caused by withdrawal of groundwater within its boundaries,” cites the SETGCD website.
The GCD management office is in Jasper with once a board meetings in Kirbyville at the Jasper-Newton Electric Co-op on the second Thursday of the month at 10 am.