Development Foundation granted second-year funding
by Tim Delaney
Aug 01, 2013 | 1510 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The Refugio Economic Development Corporation on a 4-1 vote approved funding the Refugio County Community Development Foundation with a second year funding of $100,000 at its meeting Wednesday, July 30.

Board member Lenny Anzaldua voted against the measure.

The Refugio City Council already voted to approve the funding.

The first year of funding – also $100,000 – was approved a year ago in August.

The money comes from sales tax funds.

Also, the new director of the foundation, Victor Garza, presented a quarterly report to the board.

From the report, he said the permits have been issued for the Refugio Truck Stop project on 14 acres on Vance and Alamo streets, and a groundbreaking is planned sometime in August.

Also, he said the Northside Housing Project along U.S. Highway 183 North on 23 acres is getting under way. The developer plans on building townhomes.

And a Southside Housing Project across from the USDA office on Empresario Street is planned. There, lots for single family homes will be sold.

Also, Refugio’s new Dollar Store is complete and will open for business Aug. 1.

Also, the board approved spending $300,000 for a new lift station across from the Gumbo Seafood Restaurant.

Jose De Leon, of LNV Engineering, said the existing lift station will be at capacity with the new Refugio Truck Stop going in. The existing lift station is more than 57 years old.

Plans are to increase the capacity by 60 percent, taking into consideration the planned housing project and EOC, if it wants water at some point.

Total construction cost of the project was $260,000. Adding engineering, surveying and inspection, the cost comes to a total of $300,000.

Karen Watts made the motion to fund the project, and the motion was approved unanimously.

“I personally thought the Refugio Truck Stop was a dead issue,” she said.

But the truck stop started up again recently.

“Some of this hit us pretty hard,” she added.

A public hearing on the project will be scheduled.

The board also heard from De Leon about the completion of the $500,000 Stripes Street Improvement Project.

“It has been completed on schedule and on budget,” De Leon said.
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