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County considers road grants
Wilson County NewsNovember 20, 2013 | 1,204 views | 1 comment
Wilson County taxpayers could see repairs to public roads, bridges, and culverts damaged by increased traffic flow due to the exploration, development, or production of oil and gas, if a grant is obtained from Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The Wilson County Commissioners Court heard a presentation by Charles “Chuck” Kimbrough of the law firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLC Nov. 18 during a special meeting.
Kimbrough discussed Senate Bill (SB) 1747, which allows Wilson County to obtain funds from TxDOT. He said a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone and an advisory board, with up to three members of the oil and/or gas field who are also county taxpayers, must be created to obtain the grant.
Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez said after the meeting that the item was tabled, pending more information.
The commissioners also discussed hiring Bickerstaff Heath to provide legal services to the county for the proposed SB 1747 project.
Gamez said this also was tabled.
Wilson County Commissioners Court Nov. 18 special meeting. In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney; commissioners Paul Pfeil, Albert Gamez Jr., and Larry Wiley; Assistant County Attorney Katherine Chapman; County Clerk Eva Martinez; County Auditor Verna Gorzell; and Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek.
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