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Money raised for stadium
by Tim Delaney
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Rene Mascorro stands by the rendering of the Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium field after artificial turf would be installed. Hilcorp Energy Company's logo is at one end of the field because the company donated significantly to the $ 1 million improvement project.
Tim Delaney photo Rene Mascorro stands by the rendering of the Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium field after artificial turf would be installed. Hilcorp Energy Company's logo is at one end of the field because the company donated significantly to the $ 1 million improvement project.
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REFUGIO – Undeterred by failed efforts to raise money from the Refugio City Council three days earlier, Rene Mascorro announced Monday, May 6, he garnered commitments for the remaining $80,000 for an artificial turf project at the Jack Sportsman Bobcat Stadium Improvement Project.

The cost of changing the grass turf to an artificial turf is estimated to be at $1 million.

“I’ve had verbal commitments to cover the rest of it ... about $80,000.,” Mascorro said. “The school board will make a determination to go forward at its meeting May 20.”

Mascorro said he is technically still fundraising. He credited Refugio Coach Jason Herring for helping to raise the money.

Mascorro, who is Refugio County Judge, said his office or the commissioners court have nothing to do with the fundraising. He said he was acting as a parent and successor to Jack Sportsman, who initially led the improvement efforts. Sportsman died in 2009.

Mascorro said he started in earnest last year in early September to raise the money needed.

From conversations with coaches and Sportsman, Mascorro said they’d been “kicking around the idea of raising money outside the district.”

He said the idea of replacing the field came up five to six years ago.

But the idea “fell by the wayside with Sportsman’s untimely death.”

Mascorro added that “a couple of people had talked about making big donations but that fell through, too. Grants fell through, and all that passed,” he said.

Mascorro said he with the help of Herring started the process again, looking at products that were available and at different sources.

He worked with the company Field Turf that worked on in-kind agreements to lower the cash cost.

Field Turf makes it artificial turf in Georgia, its design in Michigan, does installation out of Dallas, has a regional office in Austin and a CEO office in Montreal, Canada.

Mascorro said Hilcorp Energy Company has made the largest donation to the project and will have its logo on one end of the field.

Mascorro said Hilcorp is part of an organization like BuyBoard.

“Hilcorp is already vetted and is on an approved list by the state,” Mascorro said.

“Our goal is to have the money that’s been pledged by May 20. We would start construction on June 1. The field would be in place by the first of August,” he said.

Mascorro said he has two children, both in the school district. Plus, he said he has two nephews with two children and numerous cousins and family members who have or will have students in the school district.

“Other parents can step forward and do things they are passionate about, too” he urged.

He added that he worked to get the commitments for the project for the kids but also for “the town itself, the pride and economic benefits.”

Mascorro said the school district will benefit from the artificial turf because playoff games can be hosted at the stadium. And that will bring revenue from gate receipts, concessions and other ways.

He described his fundraising as creative.

“When solving problems, we have to ask ‘Can we do this? Can we do that?’ We have to be creative.”

He said he would like to see an endowment fund set up that would attract good teachers and fund academic programs as another project.

But for now, he said he is still fundraising for the artificial turf project.

“I’m not ready for a formal announcement, yet. I’m still working on it, and I need a green light from the school board.”
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haterlover
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May 29, 2013
Lol! Hello hardhead! You and your friend are so transparent. What a joke. Judge Mascorro has done more than you could only dream of doing. You and your small group of haters truly need to find some new lines. Quick your hating already it's old. So interesting you had never done much for your own community and all of a sudden your on a bandwagon with a small group of people trying to complain about the County Judge. If you're going to gripe at least get your facts straight. First, he get's paid 55,000 not 80,000 lol!!! Wow! Gripe gripe gripe and can't get the facts straight. Sad people can believe people like you when you're busy giving all the wrong information. I encourage people not to listen to haters and find out facts on their own. Funny that you say that because I asked some questions of my own and would like to know why Woodsboro has people on the Economic Development Board and the city of Refugio foots $100,000 dollars of OUR tax payer money and at least 1/2 or a little less from the county.. but Woodsboro doesn't put in 1 penny for economic development but feels they can make decisions with REFUGIO's tax payer money!!! I don't think enough of our taxpayers know about that! Why is it ok for Woodsboro to have any seats on this board if you pay NOTHING into it! It's our tax payer money! If you want seats on a board and want to complain or want to be part of growing Refugio County as a whole then your City should be putting in $100,000 like all of your taxpayers. Yes, I was told that one of the Woodsboro appointments on this board is made by the County Judge & she is a great appointment. Funny, those things never make it to the paper though. Quick trying to divide people it's the oldest trick in the book. To flatfish please get your facts straight before your get on here and flat out lie and give the wrong information. First of all the tax dollars are used to pay for the County budget like Salaries, maintenance of county buildings, roads & bridges and fund the EDC. As for backlogged cases those fall under the discretion of the county attorney and the County Judge only hears the cases that are presented to him! LOL! By the way the COUNTY ATTORNEY decides who goes to trial and who doesn't! You guys really need to learn your facts and quick griping if you can't even find something to gripe about! Darn at least get one of those things correct all your statements are lies and you are incorrect about everything you just said. The judge has done an outstanding job. This man is one of the most intelligent people that I have ever met and known. He has done great things for the county of Refugio. Too bad he isn't the right color in your book if not he'd be praised for sitting in the county judges office playing solitaire all day and taking naps in the basement, and not accomplishing much of a darn thing & working FULLTIME!!LOL!! I believe many of us who either work in the courthouse or have worked there can remember vividly who that was... Quick the hating already. You can't argue with all the good that man has done. We could be here all day & still couldn't get through all of your hatred you obviously share with flatfish. I pray that you and your friend can find something better to do like figuring out what you could contribute other than griping about one of the finest county judges we have every had. Think L O N G and hard this man has come really far and has excelled at everything because he is has obviously worked hard to be where he is. It's much better to have an intelligent, hard-working, honest, and overall great man being the county judge than to have someone like you who would probably be self-serving and only help certain people instead of all people. Keep griping maybe you'll feel better when you sleep to bash people who have truly made a difference in this county and made a difference in others lives too. By the way this county is changing before our eyes buddy and it's all GOOD! Thank God we have had a judge like him in office. By the way put your name of the ballot. I'm sure you'll have an outstanding record of all you've done for the county of Refugio.
hardhead
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May 22, 2013
Why does he only help the city of Refugio and not the rest of the county I would stop by and ask him myself but I ain't figured out which 3 hours a week he is actually working in his office making that $80,000 a year we pay him

pretty good hourly rate $512 per hour at a part time job. I think I would have time to do all of those volunteer things too if I made that per hour and could probably even afford one of them there 4-h animals too
Govguy
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May 14, 2013
Congratulations to Refugio for going out and finding generous businesses & donors to fund this project. I think it was a creative way to successfully accomplish this project. In the beginning, I had a little concern. People my age are careful when spending money. We were all happy to hear that the money was given to the school by others. Why not be thankful to all those who gave & worked so hard to make this happen. Instead you have a few complaining. I have lived hear 67 years, and I commend the County Judge for all he has done for Refugio County. If you have kept up with this Judges years in office - he has proven to be one of the best County Judges come through here. My wife & I feel he has kept our county taxes down when everyone's taxes rose. I have spent hours speaking with him & although he doesn't always get recognized - he ran on economic development and had had just as much to do with growth than most. To flatfish: you sir are apparently not from Refugio and probably don't know jack about him as a person. I'm sure if you were so capable you would have run on the ballot. I do know that this Judge has been a man of his word, he is fair, just and one of the hardest working people I have ever met. He has done and come to the table with great ideas and made most happen. I commend his hard work & think he's a great person for all he does. I remember going to see my grandson at his peewee football games only to see our County Judge coaching and being involved with all of these kids. I had no idea our Judge was also a school teacher with the teens who were wanting to drop out of school. I found out all sorts of great things about him that explains why it is he works to help anyone. If you ask he was also the PTA president at the elementary school a few years ago. Seems to me he is involved in the best kind of ways. I don't know many Judges if any that give enough of their time to coach for 8 years, coach t-ball, sit on boards like the Victoria College, serve in the PTA, fundraise for different causes, give scholaships, buy 4-h animals & still do a hell of a job in this county. It's shameful when someone can comment negatively on someone who has gone far and beyond than most. Keep doing what you do Judge you have many supporters. If you haven't heard it Judge -Thank You!
flatfish1
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May 20, 2013
I noticed you mentioned lots of nice things he does but you didn't list anything he is doing that he is paid to to with our tax dollars. We don't pay him to coach T ball. We would not be complaining about him if he put all that energy into his actual job. Look at all the cases that have been dismissed over the past few years because he was never around to hold court. Perhaps he was playing peewee football. Deputies won't do their jobs because it won't go to trial. Maybe things will change now that Steele is in and Mcgill is out.

By the way, what growth? What county do you live in? Oh yeah we grew 5 illegal game rooms but now they are gone. Get out of Refugio and see what real economic growth is.
flatfish1
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May 11, 2013
He gets paid with my tax dollars so its about time he got off his but. And he gets paid well to do it as a part time (small part time) job. Spending all his time on these important issues like a rug for a football field for Refugio doesn't leave him much time to help the rest of the communities in the county that pay his salary. But we in the outlying areas in the county will get to see him come next election time - maybe
TheOneAndOnly
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May 11, 2013
So you know for a fact that he spends ALL of his time doing this? Do you make his schedule? It seems to me that he is also handling the county's business too. So if the election is coming up then that would be a good opportunity for you to run for county judge if you think you can do a better job. Seems to me that there are a lot of new businesses in the county these days and not just in Refugio. But if enough people want him out of office they'll vote for someone else. Personally I'd rather have a part time judge who has shown results than a full time judge who does nothing.
flatfish1
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May 11, 2013
Why don't you find out how many hours a week he is actually doing the job he is paid to do and then figure what that adds up to per hour. Ask court employees how back logged they are because he is never around But oh yeah I forgot, he is securing a rug for a bunch of high school kids to play ball on so that makes everything alright. That should help sell an extra bag of popcorn to bring in tons of revenue for the county and bring our property taxes down next year.
flatfish1
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May 11, 2013
By the way, the judge had NOTHING to do with whatever new businesses you claim that are not just in Refugio unless you are saying that he brought in the new gambling game room in woodsboro
TheOneAndOnly
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May 12, 2013
You obviously are obsessed with his time sheet and are just going on hearsay. Unless you can produce facts about a backlog and his actual time sheet then this is only opinion, which you are entitled to. Again, if you can do a better job then run for the office. If not then your opinion doesn't mean much. Put up or shut up. Or you can be like me and go directly to him with your concerns. I've met with him several times and although we agreed to disagree he explained his position in a professional manner. Frankly I was surprised at how easy it was to schedule a meeting with him. You may be surprised. Just a suggestion. My last post here. In bored already.
flatfish1
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May 12, 2013
That's where you are completely wrong. Every taxpayers opinion does count when politicians are spending their money. One does not have to run for office or keep silent when they don't agree with what a politician is doing to earn that money but they can vote them out.
MyaPinion
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May 10, 2013
"He said he would like to see an endowment fund set up that would attract good teachers and fund academic programs as another project."

Wow, a million dollars would go along way for that! No, turf is much more important than education. Way to think ahead Judge--not!!!!
flatfish1
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May 09, 2013
Way to go judge. Now how about taking care of criminal cases and the rest of your duties that our county taxes pay you to do instead of spending all your time and our money helping a school district. It would seem that their board members and employees should be doing what you are doing. By the way, Sportsman wasn't being paid as a county judge when he was helping the school district.
feelark
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May 10, 2013
If only as much emphasis were placed on the betterment of education, rather than making the Friday Night Lights burn brighter.
TheOneAndOnly
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May 10, 2013
If you think you can do a better job then put your name on the ballot and beat him in an election. I haven't always agreed with his decisions but at least he got off his butt to help his community! What have you done besides complain?