2018-07-11 / News

Raymondville officials hear good news about local economy

Local officials learned Tuesday that the building of a new Tractor Supply Co. store is getting closer, while hearing a cheery report from Economic Development Coordinator David Gomez.

The company has expanded the amount of land it is buying from the EDC on a site on FM 3168 near the Raymondville Rural Technology Center and Raymondville school district.

TSC will be located on 4.9 acres at a price of $98,000, Gomez said. A tax abatement is being proposed and all the taxing entities will review the request.

Another company will actually own the property and lease the facility to TSC and expect to close soon, said City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia said.

“We’re another step closer to this coming to materialize,” Gomez said. “We’re all excited about it.”

Also, Gomez said that, although the MTC prison (illegal alien detention facility) is still officially pending, “a three-day job fair took place on June 5-7 at the L.E. Franks Tourist Center and, I have it on good authority that some offers of employment were made.”

Another new business coming to Raymondville is a call center that is expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year, Gomez said. Also, a local gymnasium, as well as a local construction company, met with the EDC to discuss a small business Revolving Loan.

Both companies have met with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Small Business Development Center to begin developing business plans as part of the application process for the loan, Gomez said. Raymondville EDC officials have also met with a dry cleaning company and two restaurant chains about the possibility of bringing their franchises to Raymondville, he said.

In other business, Willacy County District Attorney Annette Hinojosa reported on a seizure of the 2016 Silver City eight-liner case has gone to trial in 197th state District Court. The Raymondville Police Department’s share of the seizures, including other Willacy County Task Force cases that RPD participated in, will amount to about $10,000, the DA said.

Funds will be distributed as soon as possible, she said.

Another eight-liner case is pending, Hinojosa said.

Also, city commissioners reviewed a list of five properties that were seized for nonpayment of taxes. Those are in the process of being sold and will be placed back on the city tax rolls, officials learned.

Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora announced a track and field day will be held at Bennett Stadium at Raymondville High School Friday. Registration will be held at 8 a.m. Friday with a fee of $3 per event. Local students are encouraged to participate. Proceeds will go to Cops 4 Tots, which distributes Christmas gifts to local children. Also, commissioners agreed to waive fees for use of Veterans’ Park Pavilion for the Second Annual Baltazar Rebeles Memorial Bike Ride/5K run to be held Sept 1.

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