County Commissioner's Court met Monday morning and approved several items including a proposal to develop infrastructure for water service along Farm-to-Market Road 1554.
The proposal will connect water from FM 1555 and bypass Highway 281 to the area of Beam Station Road on County Road 129. A developer is planning on building a subdivision on the 196 acre tract and is responsible for the waterlines. The county will assist with the excavation by using Precinct 1 crew members.
With the new infrastructure, the county is hoping to attract other developers who are interested in opening an Adult Day Care center and another investor is proposing a new hotel.
They also approved a resolution to authorize the County Judge to execute agreements with the Texas Department of Transportation to implement game fencing improvements at the Alice International Airport. The county will be the main applicant with the city matching the funds of 10 percent of the total $500,000 cost. The county and city will each pay about $25,000 plus design fees. The city has yet to approve their part. The Economic Development Corporation board recently approved to contribute $16,000 to the project.
“We are creating some local work,” said Commissioner Precinct 2 Ventura Garcia. “It's good, it's a good thing.”
The court also approved a grant of $20,000 to Community Action Corporation of South Texas for providing home-delivered meals to county residents who are homebound, elderly or disabled. CACSOT also gave a presentation on Housing for Texas Heroes grant. The grant assists veterans who are in need of housing and pays for their rent. The program has just been initiated and organizers are spreading the word to help about 57 veterans.
Carrie Bowden del Alamo along with Veteran Service Director Rondo Garza requested from the county to approved a 5K run/walk in memory of LCPL Colton Rusk from Orange Grove. The court passed the 5K, which will take place starting at Grove Baptist Church on Dec. 3 with 100 percent of the proceeds going into a scholarship fund. This will be the sixth anniversary of Rusk's death.
After discussing a possibility for a burn ban, commissioners decided to hold off.
“Due to the lack of rainfall,” said Emergency Management Director Lynn Kirchoff. “Here we are again.”
The court also discussed Certificate of Obligation bonds for the Jail Expansion Project, which needs to be used for repairs in the amount of just over $317,000.
“We do need to exhaust those funds,” County Judge Pete Trevino Jr. said. “We've held on too long, it's been over five years.”
Commissioners also adopted a resolution to place a Drug Collection Unit at the sheriff's department to dispose outdated and unused medication at no initial cost to the county.
The county approved another $15,000 to West Alice Youth Center in Rancho Alegre for drug prevention program for 2017.
And Lastly, they approved to allow the sheriff's office to sell off metal surplus with the funds going back into the general fund.
After several budget amendment requests, the meeting was adjourned.