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FEDC talks state of El Rancho Grande Industrial Park




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FLORESVILLE -- Continued efforts to ascertain the true state of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) also have led to questions related to the status of the corporation’s El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537 southeast of here. The property was the topic of a lengthy discussion during the FEDC’s Feb. 25 board meeting, according to video footage of the meeting.

Among those to speak was City Engineer Larry Heimer, who informed the board that he is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to allow for construction of the industrial park’s driveway access from F.M. 537. Final plans and construction documents are being drafted, he said, and Heimer is hopeful that a permit will be issued by the end of March.

Heimer also said that a drainage study requested by the Wilson County Development Review Committee has been completed and that the industrial park is in need of detention ponds. These ponds will aid in restricting the flow of storm water, so that surrounding landowners will not be negatively impacted by increased impervious ground cover.

With regard to roads in the industrial park, Heimer said the FEDC will have to determine whether there is enough existing base material to support the weight of heavy truck traffic that will flow through the property. This must occur before asphalt pavement is applied.

In other business, the board approved changing the signatories on the corporation’s certificate of deposit account with Wells Fargo. Signatories will be interim FEDC Executive Director Raymond “Ram” Ramirez, and board members David Strozier, Jason Talley, and Andy Eubanks.

The four replace former Executive Director Jesse Perez and former board members Mariano Sanchez, Mark Mitchell, and Daniel Tejada. Sanchez and Mitchell have not served on the board since 2010. Tejada, Floresville’s former mayor, was removed from the board in 2009 after an amendment to the city’s home-rule charter prohibited sitting elected officials from serving on the board.

In attendance: Board members David Strozier, Mary Helen Tieken, Andy Eubanks, Mike Herry, Ray Lamberth, and Jason Talley; interim Executive Director Raymond “Ram” Ramirez; Floresville City Engineer Larry Heime;r and Mayor Diana Garza.

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