Commissioner updates courtesy station
June 10, 2013 at 6:10 a.m.
• Approved an agreement with Region VIII Education Service Center and the county to take part in a cooperative purchasing system
• Met in closed session to discuss real estate
• Spent $37,257 from the unallocated fund for professional services, salary, parking lot, retirement, social security and life insurance
As late-spring flirts with the 100-degree threshold, a Victoria County commissioner is taking action before summer hits.
The commissioners court voted Monday on an agreement with Victoria Electric Cooperative Inc. for electrical service at the Precinct 1 courtesy station.
Having electricity will allow for a window-unit air conditioner to be installed at the courtesy station building, 706 Black Bayou Road.
Commissioner Danny Garcia said it is a vital service to the community.
"We're not breaking even, but we're really close," Garcia said. "We're doing a lot better than we were."
He said the station brings in about $325 weekly, but since January has cost about $7,400 to operate.
Previously, the station cost about $21,000 annually to keep open but brought in $7,500 annually.
Garcia said he is planning to apply for a grant to get a trash compactor at the site, which would help the county save money by taking in more garbage and cutting down on disposal trips.
He said the recycling program is strong. Depending on what the next three months bring, he could upgrade the current 12-yard bin to a larger one.
The courtesy station will continue accepting tires at $2 a piece.