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County considers $800K road grant application


County considers $800K road grant application
Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney (from left) accepts a flag and framed certificate Dec. 9 from Veterans Service Officer Richard Krueser, and Ken Wallingford of the Texas Veterans Land Board in recognition of the county’s outstanding service to veterans.


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Wilson County News
December 11, 2013
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A committee of Wilson County officials is charged with determining whether the county should proceed in applying for an estimated $800,000 in state grant funds to repair roads that have been damaged because of ongoing oil and natural gas exploration activity throughout the region.

At its Dec. 9 meeting, the Wilson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously that commissioners Larry Wiley and Paul Pfeil, Assistant County Attorney Katherine Chapman, and Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek evaluate the merits of the proposed application for grant funds related to the provisions of Senate Bill 1747. The bill, enacted this year by the Texas Legislature, allows counties to apply for grant funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to aid in the repair of public roads, bridges, and culverts damaged by increased traffic lured to the area by the Eagle Ford shale exploration.

If the committee recommends that the county proceed with the process, it is likely that the county would retain the services of Austin-based law firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLC to provide legal services related to the application. This, said County Auditor Verna Gorzell, could cost the county $27,000. If the commissioners representing the precincts where the affected roads are located did not fund the expenditure, Gorzell said the county budget would have to be amended, as the funds do not exist within the general fund.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Accepted a certificate and a flag from Ken Wallingford of the Texas Veterans Land Board in recognition of the county’s outstanding service to veterans.

•Voted to reappoint Lynn Ray West and Todd Lawson to the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 board of commissioners.

•Voted to reappoint Bill Kenney to the ESD No. 2 board of commissioners. Tommy Mowles was appointed to replace Bob Gadd on the board.

•Accepted Gorzell’s resignation effective Dec. 9. Tom Dupnick was appointed as her successor, effective Dec. 10.

•Voted that Pfeil and Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. should work with the Community Council of South Central Texas to help them find temporary office space, due to the agency being told it must vacate its current office in the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center by Dec. 31.

Wilson County Commissioners Court meeting Dec. 9. In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., Verna Gorzell, Assistant County Attorney Katherine Chapman, County Clerk Eva S. Martinez, Veterans Service Officer Richard Kreuser, Brian Holcombe of the information technology department, Extension Agent Bryan Davis, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Sara Canady, and Lisa Eberhardt of the county auditor’s office.

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BSP  
Floresville  
December 13, 2013 2:15pm
 
No worries. The county will have beautiful partially renovated buildings for 8.5 million. Why not add a grant for 800k that costs an additional $27,000.00 to partially pave 4th street? Then they'll match.

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
December 13, 2013 1:22pm
 
Yeh, all you need is a $27,000.00 lawyer to get the free grant.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
December 13, 2013 1:19pm
 
But grants are free. They don't cost anyone anything.

 
Spec Ops  
Wilson  
December 12, 2013 9:31pm
 
It will pay for a lot of black little pebbles and lots of cans of spray on tar. That's all they have been doing for the last 10 years. These guys are a joke

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
December 12, 2013 9:20am
 
Yeah, but $800K won't even pave a mile of road in Texas.

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
December 12, 2013 9:12am
 
The grant is an excellent method to solve the past neglect. Sorta like waiting for a hail storm and getting the insurance company to repair a bad roof.

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
December 12, 2013 8:30am
 
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