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The Stripes at the intersection of Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 59 will match a $750,000 Department of Agriculture Texas Capital Fund grant to Live Oak County to lay sewer lines from George West. The Stripes also will be enhanced in the overall project.
GEORGE WEST – A $750,000 grant from the Texas Capital Fund awarded to the Live Oak County Commissioners Court will be a win-win situation between business and Live Oak County. Stripes, a part of Susser Holdings, will match the grant so that sewer lines can be constructed to it at the intersection of Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 59 from George West. Commissioners approved the contract for the grant with the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Texas Capital Fund, on Friday, July 13. And commissioners also approved a contract with Stripes, as well, but contingent on the contract’s approval by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Stripes Project Manager Gene Clancy said his company plans an expansion at the intersection. “Stripes has earmarked $350,000 to $4 million to build a new facility. We also intend to upgrade the existing facility,” Clancy said. “I suspect we’ll spend another half million.” Clancy said the new facility will be similar to the large Stripes in Refugio, which is currently expanding, but this Stripes will be bigger. Clancy said internal discussions haven’t happened yet, but he guessed, because the company has to meet employee requirements of the grant, the restaurant size would be increased. Stripes has agreed to add 29 new jobs and retain 22 jobs. It also will build an access road to the site. “Stripes is investing quite a bit of money at this intersection. I think it’s going to be a great, great help to the county,” Clancy said. Once the state has the agreements and has approved them, a start date for the project will be determined. The grant project calls for 25,000 linear feet of sewer line and 2,500 linear feet of forced main (lift station) to connect to the George West sewer plant. The sewer line will become a public line and eventually be turned over to the city of George West. “This project is going to open up this area for development. I’m very happy about that,” said County Judge Jim Huff. Commissioners also acknowledged acceptance of engineering proposals for Texas Community Development Block Grant projects. Engineering firm proposals received were from Southwest Engineers Inc. of Gonzales; Garcia and Wright Consulting Engineers Inc., San Antonio; LNV Engineering, Corpus Christi; and Klein Engineering Inc., San Antonio. Commissioners approved one bid for administration of the TCDBG projects from Langford Community Management Services. Commissioners also approved advertising for a full-time position in the tax office, full-time and part-time positions for dispatcher in the Sheriff’s Office and a full-time 911 addressing/maintenance coordinator. Commissioners also approved appointing Rindle Wilson to the Emergency Services District No. 1, upon the resignation of Janie Armstrong. Commissioners heard a presentation on the Texas County and District Retirement System. No decision was made on a plan.