County Fairgrounds water tank coming soon
Limestone County commissioners court was given at its Dec. 27 meeting an update on obtaining a water tank to capture rainwater from the roof of the Show Barn at the County Fairgrounds.
Fairgrounds Manager Kenneth Ellis asked the court to confirm that he could pay $2,100 for moving the tank from Troy to the Fairgrounds.
Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest procured the tank free from a company in Troy that makes them. The tank had been damaged when it was being delivered to the original customer so it was no longer able to be sold. The cost of moving it to the Fairgrounds, however, would have cost $3,100 because it is so oversized – 16 feet by 15 feet, 6 inches – so it would need escorts and permits. The driver offered a $1,000 discount, meaning someone would still have to come up with the $2,100.
At the previous commissioners court meeting on Dec. 12, various options were discussed, including using an economic development fund, or part of a $5,800 donation that Arnold and Penny Gray had aggregated from various donors.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, however, Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan said he was confident he could call people on the northern end of the county and get donations to cover the $2,100.
At the Dec. 27 meeting, however, the commissioners ended up voting to use $2,100 from an economic development fund.
Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen said Duncan had called him and said Duncan thought the Mexia EDC would donate the $2,100.
Burkeen, however, said the EDC had called him and said they could not make the donation.
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