Com court shows love to new commerce
by Christina Rowland
Mar 19, 2013 | 2303 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Live Oak County Commissioners Court gave a nod of approval on two projects Monday morning that would indicate they are in favor of more businesses moving into the county.

The first approval was for the preliminary plot for 4.132 acres where Coker Warehouses will be located.

The company is planning on building warehouses customizable to the needs of oil and gas companies. Such things as the square footage, number of offices, building length and height will be options.

The future business will be located on Interstate 37 north between State High Way 72 and Highway 281.

The final plat for the property will be brought before the commissioners at their next meeting.

The other item approved by the court was an agreement between Old Marbach School Water Supply Corp., the City of George West and the county.

The approval had to do with a Texas Capital Fund grant to build a sewer line.

According to website the Texas Capital Funds grant has specific uses including, “public infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, etc.) needed to assist a business which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons.”

The grant is being used for a sewer line that will allow for service along Highway 59 to the intersection of I-37.

A Pilot Travel Center is planned for the intersection that will bring 39 jobs to the area.

The City of George West approved a similar agreement with Marbach last week that would allow for water services to be provided to businesses along that same route and the intersection. The city of George West also has received a TCF grant to pay for their portion of the infrastructure.

Once the sewer line is complete it will be turned over to the city of George West.

Mayor Sylvia Steele spoke to the court about how excited she was to be working together on a project that would benefit the county.

Additionally the county approved a utility easement that would allow for the City of George West to use a potion of the county storage yard located on Highway 59.

In other items the county heard a presentation from Anthony Villarreal of TxDot on the bridges of Live Oak County.

Villarreal informed the court after an assessment he found that six bridges were structurally deficient.

The assessment compares the bridge against a new bridge so just because it is not structurally deficient does not mean it is falling down or not safe to drive on. It simply means it does not rate as high as a new bridge.

There is federal monies available to pay for repairs on some of the bridges but the county is required to provide a 10 percent match either in the form of a check or inkind work.

The county is currently going through the process to obtain the money needed to fix Good Hope Bridge. The bridge is in the environmental court stage of the process where the historical value of the bridge is under discussion.

Villarreal said if the bridge is deemed historic, it cannot be destroyed. A new bridge must be built next to it or the bridge can be moved and a new one built in its place.

The county has their 10 percent match ready, They are just waiting to find out wether the bridge is historic or not.

The county indicated that they didn’t want to start any other bridges at this time.

In other items the court decided to reject bids for a construction project because of price. The project is being reevaluated and a request for new bids will go out and the council will review those at their next meeting.

Additionally the court approved right of ways, correcting the names on several roads and approved an amount of $25,000 to be used to fix several of the permanent record books that have damaged recently due to use.

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