To widen a road.
Morrison, a Democrat, was elected on the coattails of public opposition to extending The Grand Parkway through unspoiled prairie as a toll road. His opponent, Greg Ordineaux, it will be remembered, had a sign bearing the words“
Neighborhoods that would be affected by the toll road came out in droves to make sure Ordineaux was turned away at the polls.
Now, according to Morrison, these very same neighborhoods are all set to be negatively impacted when a new Lamar Consolidated ISD high school is built.
But not by the high school itself. They need the high school.
But by the increase traffic that will most certainly accompany the occasion of the opening of the school in the fall of 2010.
Located along FM 762 in
Can you spell Bottleneck?
Obviously, according to Morrison, the FM needs to be widened also.
Now where to get the money to widen a road? Well, you can get the money from property taxes being paid by new businesses that are moving into the county, bringing the families that make building new high schools necessary.
But the reason businesses are moving into the county is because they were all granted tax abatements.
With these abatements the county is strapped for cash and can’t build the infrastructure that this artificial growth needs to get from A to B efficiently.
So Morrison has hatched a plan to get money from the feds. From what is called a TIGER grant. But here’s the hitch:
So Morrison arranged local cities, organizations as well as TxDOT, to kick in 20% of the road widening project’s total cost of between $70 and $80 million, making this application more attractive to the feds who make their grant decisions based on local commitment and support.
So he has the cash problem taken care of. What he now needs is the support of the local citizenry by submitting letters of support to the federal Department of Transportation, which runs the TIGER Grant:
“One of the requirements of the TIGER Grant application is to submit as many resolutions and letters of support from local and state governments, as well as non-profits, community organizations and individuals as possible. I have received the support of the local state offices of TxDOT, as well as the City of
and the City of Sugar Land . I am requesting your support. This item will be placed on the Thompsons August 25, 2009Agenda of Commissioner’s Court. Please show up at the ( Travis Building 301 Jackson St., 7th Floor, ) at to sign up and speak on its behalf or call Judge Hebert’s Office at 281-341-8634 and let him know you support this project.” Richmond, Texas
That shouldn’t be too hard, should it?