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Location change for proposed shelter sought by county commissioners’ court
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – A motion to move the location of the proposed San Jacinto County community shelter was approved Wednesday by commissioners’ court. Originally the shelter, which is funded by a grant application from Round I of Hurricane Ike Recovery Funds, was to be an addition to the county’s Senior Annex Building where the election’s offi ce is housed. Plans were then changed to house it in back of the Senior Annex Building and across from the courthouse by removing a county custodian building to make room for the proposed shelter and parking area. The custodian building was torn down and a new one constructed on county property a couple of blocks from the courthouse this past year. The county’s third location for the shelter is to move it on a fi ve-acre parcel of property where the county jail facility is located on Hwy. 150. Pct. 1 Commissioner Laddie McAnally made the motion to move the location saying a parking lot could then be built across from the courthouse where the shelter is currently proposed to be constructed, allowing for more parking for those with business in the county courthouse. San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner agreed, saying members of the public have been very outspoken about the lack of parking at the proposed site. “We just received an environmental study on our loca-last Friday,” Faulkner said, adding that the county could go out for bids on the project if not moved. Another environmental study could cost $4,000 to $5,000 more, he said. “The main thing is to get the state to allow us to move the location,” Faulkner said. Project Engineer Pat Oates said he had been involved in one other county project that had been moved in a similar situation. “I think the state will go for it,” he said, “we just have to make a good case that the state will accept for moving it.” Grant Coordinator David Waxman told the court he thought the cost of building the shelter is going to be more than the $1.3 million originally budgeted and suggested the court consider using part of the $6 million budgeted for county road repairs. Disagreeing, Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno said, “I think we want that money on roads.” “There will be another round of Ike Recovery money the county can apply for to improve county roads,” Faulkner told Nettuno. “Round I is the only chance to get the shelter built,” Faulkner said. “We under bid $300,000 on generators so I don’t know why we can’t take some of that for the shelter,” Faulkner added. If the state rejects the request for a new location the site for the community center will revert back to the original plans. In other business, commissioners: • Approved the 2011 certified tax rolls for San Jacinto County’s general fund, special road and bridge and lateral road. • Approved an engagement letter for Todd, Haymaker and Johnson, LLP to complete the external audit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011 at a cost of $27,390. • Approved the purchase of three new patrol cars for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department at a total cost of $68,440 with $26,000 down and $24,312 annual payments for the next three years with Peoples State Bank.