Can the city of Vernon be one step closer to ending its drought using water from the Texas Panhandle?
That is a question Vernon City Commissioners are one step closer to answering after a commissioners meeting on Thursday evening.
Commissioners approved to sign a non-binding letter of intent with an engineering company to start the process of studying the feasibility of a water pipeline bringing in underground water from an aquifer from the Texas Panhandle to cities like Vernon, Altus and Wichita falls.
The study would take about nine months and a possible pipeline would take five years to build.
The letter covers 2700 acres feet per year which amounts to 800 million gallons of water a year.
Mitch Grant, Vernon City Manager, says, "The proposal would be to possibly take our complete amount of water that we would need from that pipeline and that's going to be the option of the city down the road whether or not to take all of what we need from the pipeline or part of it if it gets built."
In addition, city commissioners also approved $42,000 from the Vernon Business Development Corporation and $20,000 from the Vernon Main Street fund to go toward the restoration and digital conversion of the Vernon Plaza Theater.
The $82,000 project will help convert the projector from 35 millimeter film to digital as well as go to improvement throughout the movie theater.