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Front Page December 12, 2017  RSS feed

Leona to get a Main Street Market soon

By Sherry Matney

Richard Osburn with Petroleum Wholesale LP, explains plans to build a Main Street Market on FM 977 at I 45. 
Sherry’s Shots Richard Osburn with Petroleum Wholesale LP, explains plans to build a Main Street Market on FM 977 at I 45. Sherry’s Shots There are big plans for the community of Leona, according to Richard Osburn, vice president of Petroleum Wholesale, LP. A Main Street Market will be constructed at FM 977 and I45. A gas station will be a major segment of the business but a Western Sizzling Restaurant, a True Value Hardware store, and a complete grocery store will also be part of the market. Leona recently approved the sale of alcohol so there will be a liquor store as well. Osburn said his company was making a $7-9 million dollar investment and the stores would generate at least 40 jobs and estimates about $3.5 million in taxable income. He expects the project to be completed during 2018.

Osburn made the presentation to the Court hoping to get help from economic development in the form of tax abatements or something similar. Judge Byron Ryder told Osburn that he would need to get with the City of Leona to discuss any such assistance.

The Leon County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting on December 11, 2017 with all member of the Court present. Judge Ryder opened the Court with an announcement that retired District Judge Bascom Bentley was in grave condition after an incident on Saturday.

During the Public Comments agenda item, Leon County Veteran Services Officer Tom Nolen presented the Court with a plaque from the 1st Calvary Division acknowledging the County for its gifts of toys during the Christmas Toy Drive.

Robert Garza with JTX Fitness presented the Court with a check in the amount of $885 to be gifted to the Leon County Sheriff’s Department. This is the second year Garza has made a cash gift. During the Fall Fest in Jewett he holds a 5K run with part of the proceeds going to the Sheriff’s

Department. This year 30 runners participated.

The Court approved placing Jimmy Carrigan and Sandra Kalousek on the Leon County Health Resource Commission Board and Kathleen Buchnan on the Executive Committee of the LCHRC. They also accepted a bid of $750 from Samuel T. Hamontree for Lt 1, Block 1, Hilltop Lakes, Section 71.

Leon County Auditor Melissa Abney advised the Court that there were no Budget Amendments and Line Item Transfers were $29,100.

The Court went into Closed Executive session to discuss allowing Caleb Henson, County Attorney to use his office for private practice and to take action on paying Federal Comp time accruals and personnel policy changes. Upon its return the Court voted to allow Henson to use his office for private practice and to begin paying employees for comp time as it accrues.

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