Lenny Anzaldua, director of economic development, said he had found a contractor interested in developing the former Refugio Middle School playground if the adjoining annex property would be sold or donated for the project.
“We need housing,” Anzaldua said. “Speaking frankly, these homes are targeted to middle-income folks, the worker bees.”
Anzaldua said some coaches and teachers are commuting from nearby towns because of a lack of good, affordable housing.
“These are nice homes,” he said.
Because of the economic slump, Anzaldua said contractors are looking to keep their workforces together to make payroll and get through these hard times with their talented workers in place.
Acting Chief Fernando Garcia said the PD is willing to sell the annex, which was purchased through drug money seizures.
Anzaldua also presented VFW’s idea for starting a market days similar to Goliad’s. In exchange for running market days, the VFW will have a say in what food vendors are allowed to sell. The council was interested in pursuing the plan.
In other matters, the council approved all the tax sale properties with the exception of one. A bid of $1,050 for the purchase of the former Radio Shack building on U.S.77 was rejected as “too cheap for prime real estate,” according to Council member Garrett Engelking.
Engelking’s other objection was the short time span the property was left on the market. While most of the property had been up for sale at least a year, that property had been posted since June.
Council member Ron Nelson said the address is also confusing, with odd number-addresses on both sides of the highway.
Properties sold include:
•105 Violena Elliott to Benny O. Green for $1,500,
• 606 James Street to Relles Quintanilla for $1,800,
• 110 Shaw Street to St. Luke Baptist Church for $300.