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Council explores using 4B sales tax funds for Apple Subdivision utility extensions
by Gary Kent
Jan 22, 2014 | 38 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members will begin the process of granting 4B sales tax funds for utility extensions at the Casa Bonita subdivision.

The developer, Bobby Apple of The Apple Company of Texas, plans to develop 42 lots west of the city near North Lightburne Street and U.S. Highway 59.

Apple said during the Jan. 14 council meeting that his company will build, own and manage the subdivision of mostly duplexes with the intention of eventually selling some of the properties.

He has asked the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation to approve his request for more than $100,000 in 4B sales tax funds to help pay for the utility extensions.

Apple, of Celina, a city located in Collin and Denton counties, said he plans to spend about $3 million in Beeville to purchase most of the building materials for the project.

He said the duplexes will be built along one street that will connect with North Lightburne at its north end.

The developer said he plans to use as many local subcontractors as possible during the construction.

He said he is also looking at developing a small commercial project here in the future and possibly a larger residential project.

Apple will maintain a marketing and management office within the subdivision, and he will also have a residence there for himself.

Apple said he will not sell empty lots within the subdivision but will offer properties with duplexes on them for sale.

He has told the council in the past that ownership of a duplex could be an excellent investment for anyone looking to live in one side of the structure while renting out the other.

Investors could use the rent from one side of a building to pay all or part of the mortgage on the entire structure.

“They will be sold,” Apple told council members when he was asked about who ultimately would own the duplexes.

City Attorney Frank Warner asked Apple if any of the units would be considered “affordable” housing.

Apple assured the attorney that none of the residences in the subdivision would be considered “low income” housing.

The developer said he bought the property two years ago and has been working on plans on how to market it.

Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend said the council has three methods of granting the 4B tax funds for the project. Then he recommended that the council use the required public hearings before authorizing the funds.

The first hearing on the request was scheduled for the council’s Jan. 28 meeting at City Hall.

In other business the council voted to:

— Approve a zone change request for 1003 S. Washington St. from its current B-1 neighborhood business district to a B-2 secondary and highway business district.

— Authorize the city staff to purchase a $5,504 blower for the wastewater treatment plant at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.

— Approve a contract between the Beeville Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol and Bee County Sheriff’s Office for a highway interdiction task force effort.

The agreement will allow the Border Patrol to reimburse the BPD with $5,000 to pay for overtime worked by officers during the task force project.

— Ratify an agreement with Beeville Air Service for fixed base operator services at the Beeville Municipal Airport.

Two of the partners in the BAS have left the company.

— Authorize the city to make a $90,000 partial payment to Austin Traffic Signals for the installation of mast arm traffic signals at the intersections of North St. Mary’s at East Corpus Christi and East Bowie streets.

— Approve entering into a contract with Central Road and Utilities of Austin for the replacement of three blocks of sidewalks in downtown Beeville.

The project is expected to cost about $80,000.

— Authorize the city to provide $85,000 for the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library as its part of supporting the library’s annual operation.

The council included that amount last year for the 2014 budget.

— Approve advertising for applicants interested in seeking the position of city manager.

Townsend recommended that the council begin advertising within the state first and then extend the search outside Texas if necessary.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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