Wedgwood residents in south Fort Worth are organizing to discuss what to do with lease offers that property owners have been receiving. Several hundred property owners turned out at two meetings last week that were hosted, in turn, by the Wedgwood East Neighborhood Association and then by the Wedgwood Neighborhood Association.
The Wedgwood Neighborhood Association is organizing another meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hulen Street Baptist Church, 7100 S. Hulen St. A Fort Worth oil and gas attorney who spoke at the Wedgwood East meeting will give a presentation to the Nov. 19 meeting.
Cora Mosley -- the Wedgwood Neighborhood Association president -- said her group and the Wedgwood East group are discussing banding together. In the meantime, the associations are asking property owners to "wait and see what happens," Mosley said. (The Wedgwood South Neighborhood Association also is interested in joining up.)
Beyond the best financial terms it can get, Mosley said "we're also concerned about the drilling site itself," which the association isn't clear on. "Residents have expressed concerns about safety and noise," she said.
Jim Rohleder, president of the Wedgwood East association, said he sensed that relatively few property owners in his neighborhood have signed lease offers. The Wedgwood East meeting drew 600-800 attendees, according to the assocations' estimates, while the second meeting drew about 150, Mosley said.
The two associations are still organizing gas committees. Michele Gwin, the Wedgwood Neighborhood Association's vice president, is heading up the neighborhood's gas committee. The Wedgwood East association hasn't formed a committee yet, but will ask for interested people at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Unity Church of Fort Worth, 5401 Woodway, said Beverly Myres, vice president and acting treasurer of the Wedgwood East association.
The Wedgwood associations are also discussing the possibility of trying to add the Candleridge associations, which are south of Wedgwood, to any negotiating group. The Candleridge Homeowner Association is in the process of forming a gas drilling committee. It has expressed interest in joining up with the Wedgwood group, Myres said.
Dieter Satz, immediate past president of the Candleridge Homeowner Association, said property owners in his area have received offers from Paloma Resources ($4,000 per acre bonus, and 25 percent royalty) and Dale Resources, ($5,000 bonus and 25 percent royalty).
"Needless to say, none of this is in synch with the rest of the city," Satz said, referring to the $15,000 bonuses that well-organized associations on Fort Worth's near South Side have negotiated. "So they have some dealing to do."
Residents of other neighborhoods that are considered part of Wedgwood report receiving lease offers. For example: Bellaire Park North (click here for reader comment on this blog, and here for info on the neighborhood association.)
Photos: Wedgwood's J.T. Stevens Elementary School (top right), bird on pond at Candleridge Park (bottom right)