Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jail Site Selection Committee Recommends EDC Industrial Park

In a unanimous decision, the citizen committee steering
decisions about the new $10 million Bosque County Jail
recommended a seven-acre plot at the Meridian Economic
Development Corporation Industrial Park on Highway 174.

A subcommittee had toured and surveyed an array of nine
possible sites and settled on the recommended location
following a motion by Dr. Tom Bratcher, who is the sole
candidate for Bosque County Republican Chairman and a Baylor
University Professor of Statistics.

Dr. Bratcher said he favors the site because of its location
inside the city limits of Meridian, the available utilities
infrastructure and its proximity to the Courthouse and
Justice of the Peace office right across the 80,000 pound
gross vehicle weight-rated road.

"It will anchor the new industrial area," he commented.

Chief Architect Jeffrey E. Hefflefinger of Southwest
Architects, Inc., furnished a list of similar projects his
firm has located in Economic Development Commission
industrial parks.

The recommendation will be considered by Bosque County
Commissioners in their meeting on Monday morning. If
approved, the committee will begin negotiations with the
Meridian EDC to acquire the site.

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