“The council agreed that for the sake of economic development the city needs to consider extending city utilities,” said City Manager Sandra Martinez.
“It voted to have the city manager and staff look at a cost sharing with businesses in that area. It is the city’s goal to offer utilities to all commercial and industrial customers in the 37/59 area,” she said.
The city has a Texas Capital Fund grant for water extension to the area, but the grant will only cover $584,000 of the cost.
Martinez said she was waiting for updated cost figures from the engineers.
“We may need an additional $300,000-$400,000 to extend the water lines from the city five miles to the commercial area,” she said.
The city of George West already has agreed to provide sewer service to the area.
The Council also approved allocations of the hotel occupancy tax revenues at its Monday, Nov. 19 meeting.
Last year, 40 percent of the money went to the George West Chamber of Commerce; 40 percent went to Storyfest; 5 percent went to the Armantrout Museum; and 15 percent went to the city.
This year, the council approved 40 percent or $56,000 to the George West Chamber of Commerce; 40 percent to the George West Storyfest or $56,000; 5 percent, or $7,000, to the Grace Armantrout Museum; 5 percent or $7,000 to the Dobie West Performing Arts Theatre; and 10 percent, or $14,000, to the city.
The council also approved charity donations for the Live Oak County Boys&Girls Clubs, the Saint George Food Pantry, and the fire department.
It was noted that the lighting of the park will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
“This year promises to be bigger and better than last year’s,” Martinez said.