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Waste-to-energy group among FEDC’s suitors


Waste-to-energy group among FEDC’s suitors
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com Representatives of several companies, each of which wants to locate their businesses in the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park near Floresville, attend the March 5 board meeting of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.


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FLORESVILLE -- A group of San Antonio investors is interested in building a solid- waste plant in the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s (FEDC) El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537 southwest of here.

OVPI -- which includes O.V. Perez, Ernest Gerlach, Raymond Castellano, ADCO Inc. owner Fred Rangel, commercial realtor Albert Uresti, and newspaper publisher Tino Duran -- presented its proposal to the FEDC board at its March 5 meeting during a lengthy closed session. After they reconvened in open session, board members Fred Gonzales, David Longoria, Juan Ortiz, and Monica Flores voted unanimously to reserve 30 acres for future development of OVPI’s facility, for a period not to exceed 120 days. Board president Sarah Mendoza also was present, but customarily does not vote.

During the 120 days -- which ends July 3 -- FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez will continue to study OVPI’s proposal. The board will then revisit the matter for a final vote.

Since the corporation purchased the property in May 2001, no companies have located there. With the recent local economic boom associated with oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Eagle Ford shale, associated companies have been buying portions of the 300- plus-acre site.

During the meeting, the board took the following action related to proposals by companies wishing to establish operations in El Rancho Grande, with each transaction having a price of $5,000 per acre:

•Sold 5 acres to Lake Charles, La.-based Precision Tools & Machining, which manufactures pumps and valves used in the oil industry.

•Sold 20.58 acres to Alaska-based Udelhoven Inc., on which the company intends to build a machine shop where items such as stairways and catwalks for drilling rigs will be built.

•Sold 20 acres to Calgary, Alberta-based GasFrac, which uses liquefied petroleum gas to conduct fracturing activities. The company intends to establish a maintenance and repair facility at El Rancho Grande.

•Sold 5 acres to Odessa-based A-1 Rocket Industries. The company, which offers portable restroom cleaning services for drilling sites, intends to build an office and establish a truck and equipment yard.

•Sold 6 acres to Standard Tool, on which the company will build a machine shop for service and fabrication equipment and tools.

•Authorized Perez to continue negotiations with 3T Properties, which wants to purchase 2 acres to build a fueling station and convenience store.

The board voted 3-0-1 -- Flores abstained -- to approve the sale of 2 acres in the Lone Oak Business Park off U.S. 181 to Floresville-based CVG Construction for $25,000 per acre. The company intends to build 40 cottages there.

In other action, the board approved the minutes of its Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 meetings. Notice of the latter meeting, however, was not posted on the FEDC’s official website, in compliance with state law. As a result, any action taken during that meeting is considered voidable.

Section 551.043 of the Texas Government Code requires public entities with Internet sites to post notices online whenever their governing bodies are scheduled to meet. This is in addition to posting notices in places, such as bulletin boards, that are regularly accessible to the public. This notice must be posted at least 72 hours before a meeting is set to begin.
 

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