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Wilson County News October 10, 2012 | 1,893 views | 3 comments
A proposed industrial park to be built in Saspamco could bring back something Wilson County residents have not seen in decades -- trains.
The Wilson County Commissioners Court, at its Oct. 8 meeting, approved a private railroad crossing on C.R. 128 -- also known as Old Corpus Christi Road -- near the Bexar County line. Matt Johnson, vice president of land development for San Antonio-based Pape-Dawson Engineers, said the Union Pacific rail line that ends just across the county line would be extended approximately a quarter mile within a long-abandoned railroad bed, into the proposed 300-acre industrial park. He said 90 percent of the “rail-serviced industrial site” is located within Wilson County.
The site is located within Wilson County Precinct 1. That precinct’s commissioner, Albert Gamez Jr., said prior to the meeting that indications are that the site will accommodate as many as 400 railcars, which will deliver goods to accommodate the various industries supporting the ongoing oil and natural gas activity within the Eagle Ford shale.
Gamez said the land currently is under contract for sale, but all indications are that the transaction will be successful. On hand for the meeting also was Terry Warth, vice president of brokerage services for San Antonio-based commercial real estate firm CBRE Inc., and Scott Hudson of Schertz-based Central State Resources Inc. Hudson said that once his company gains all the necessary approvals from the county, construction should begin within five weeks.
In other business, the commissioners took the following action related to upcoming meetings:
•The Monday, Nov. 12, meeting was rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 15.
•The Monday, Dec. 24, was rescheduled to Thursday, Dec. 27.
•A special meeting was set for Nov. 14 to allow for a canvass of the Nov. 6 general election.
Also during the Oct. 8 meeting, the commissioners approved an application for Starnes Investment Group LLC, for the firm to establish the Pecan Springs RV Park on C.R. 329 near the Floresville Alternative Center in Floresville.
The commissioners also voted in favor of several recommendations from the Wilson County Development Review Committee. Among them are:
•Requiring the posting of bond with a deed of trust for developers to construct private roads. If the land is foreclosed upon, this would allow the county to obtain restitution through the bonding company and assume ownership of the roadway.
•Approved changes to the recreational-vehicle (RV) park rules and subdivision rules, providing that variances expire in one year if not acted upon by the requestor.
•Approved changes to the subdivision rules, which require one fire hydrant per 1,000 feet of road frontage, and that no portion of road frontage be more than 500 feet from a hydrant, in areas where the water system will allow the installation of fire hydrants.
No one spoke during two public hearings -- one related to the abandonment of the Kosciusko Baseball Park, the other regarding a takings impact assessment for leased housing park rules.
***In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, County Attorney Russell Wilson, interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Assistant Auditor Kristin Labus, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Treasurer Jan Hartl, and Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office.
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