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Stockdale Industrial Park receives infrastructure funding
PAT KOPECKI/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Double the money ... Leaders from the national to the local level gather for the presentation of more than $1.9 million given in two ceremonial checks to the city of Stockdale, during a March 14 media conference. Participating in the presentation in the Stockdale Community Building are (from left) Clarence Littlefield from Southwest Engineers Inc., U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin Jr., Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin, U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (District 28) and Ruben Hinojosa (District 15), Stockdale Mayor Johnny Stahl, and Stockdale councilmen Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, and Sherry D. Lambeck.
STOCKDALE -- It’s official. After more than 30 months of perseverance by Stockdale City Council members and employees, two ceremonial checks were awarded March 14 with representatives from the national, state, regional, and local levels present for the noon-hour event. This funding will provide for water-and street-improvement projects in the city, and assist in the marketability of the Stockdale Industrial Park.
The two 40-year loans were made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.
The $975,000 water and waste disposal loan is designated for improvements for the city’s water plant. Improvements include the installation of two high-service pumps, three transfer pumps, and a new chlorination system. The loan’s interest rate is set at 3.375 percent.
The $940,000 community facility direct loan, with a 3.75-percent interest rate, will assist with the marketability of the Stockdale Industrial Park. Proposed street improvements include the expansion of Wheeler Street to 30 feet wide and extending the street into the industrial park, located off U.S 87, and the paving of two other streets.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin Jr. said through the consolidated effort from the engineers, architects, attorneys, and the USDA staff, these funding presentations were made possible. He emphasized the importance of the funding that builds communities.
While the city of Stockdale received two checks, the Sunko Water Supply Corp. also was presented a check for more than $5.6 million for waterline improvements.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (District 28) was present for the presentation, as well as U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (District 15), who will represent Stockdale after Jan. 1. See article at right for more about their Stockdale visit.
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