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County grant opens door to more funding

By By Brian M. Cuaron - BCUARON@VICAD.COM
Sept. 6, 2011 at 4:06 a.m.


Two electronic signs will get installed on U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 77. The commissioners court awarded the contract to Austin Traffic Signal Construction Company Inc. for the $107,877 installation part of the project. The county had already purchased the signs, software and training for $163,700, said Robin Knipling, grant administrator. Power and phone lines must also be attached to the signs. The county received $333,334 for the project from a state grant.

The county's annex building will get its windows reinforced. The commissioners court awarded the contract to Texas Solar Control, which will put a film over the windows for $28,115. A state grant will fund 75 percent of the project's cost.

Victoria County did its part on Tuesday to feed the county's homebound.

The commissioners court authorized a $4,800 grant on Tuesday to the Community Action Committee of Victoria. The grant made the committee eligible to receive further grant funding for its Meals on Wheels program.

Before receiving funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture, organizations providing home-delivered meal services programs must receive county funding, said Vicki Smith, executive director of the committee.

Judge Don Pozzi called the Community Action Committee a great help to the community. He added that the grant's funding was a long way off from the total cost of the Meals on Wheels program.

The program has additional benefits besides providing a hot meal. Smith explained that the program allows the homebound, elderly and disabled to live on their own instead of in an assisted-living situation.

"It's more than a hot meal, Monday through Friday at noon. It's also a contact," Smith said.

Those delivering the meals are able to check up on their clients as they deliver the meal, Smith said.

The committee welcomes volunteers who would like to deliver meals, Smith said. For information on how to get involved, call 361-578-2989.



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