Victoria County abandons roads, Bloomington ISD to expand
Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Updated Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.
• Approved a $175,000 loan to Victoria Regional Airport to cover a 10 percent match for improvements to the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting water system;
• Approved contract with Robert Atkins Masonry, Inc., for repairs to the Bridge Street Annex Building;
• Received executed Interlocal Agreement with the city of Victoria for sharing publicly filed real property records at the county clerk's office.
About two acres of abandoned roadway near Bloomington Elementary School will get a new life as a running track.
Victoria County Commissioners voted Monday to abandon portions of road surrounding the elementary school's football field in the original townsite to make room for an athletic facility expansion.
Superintendent Delores Warnell said the plan for an eight-lane track will be the district's competition track, open for athletics and the community to use as a lighted and secure place to exercise. The district currently does not have a track, she said.
The school's leaders, including the school board, "are striving to bring better facilities in BISD for the students, teachers and the community to use," Warnell said. "Our goal is to make the district a better place."
The abandonment agreement applies to a half-acre of Second Street and about 1.5 acres of Third Street surrounding Bloomington Elementary School.
Warnell said the project has been in the works since before she became superintendent.
County Judge Don Pozzi said the project has been in the works for the past three years while the school district's leadership and the county worked to reach an agreement.
Along with gathering deeds, surveying the property and working with the power company to move the lines, Warnell said the road abandonment has been a lengthy process.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Kenny Spann said there are no property owners affected by the change.
He called it a win-win. The school can expand its athletic facilities and the county loses the expense of maintaining those portions of road.
"The final result is everybody's happy," Spann said.