By JESSIE HORTON
ERATH COUNTY (May 27, 2015) — No matter the reasons, the fact still remains – Stephenville continues to grow. And as it does so, the need for more and more housing becomes a fact of life.
That was clear at this week’s meeting of the Erath County Commissioners as four new housing projects in various stages of development were approved by the court. Those projects included a replat of a Mountain Lakes Lot in the Bluff Dale subdivision, the final plat for the Wildhorse subdivision, the preliminary plat for 3D Bunkhouse from Danny Phillips and another preliminary meeting with Three Way Property, who is planning a plat in Pct. 1.
The unanimous approval of the plat for 3D Bunkhouse was the most controversial as a large number of residents expressed concern over the sell of the land by the Erath County Livestock Association to Phillips. He presented a plan to the court that included 18 apartments on the property and all the paperwork was in order. No one who objected to the sell was present, or at least none of them spoke up, and all the replats and plats were approved by commissioners.
In other business, the commissioners approved a request from the Erath County Juvenile Probation Department to purchase a vehicle from BuyBoard for approximately $23,000. Commissioners were informed that the money for the purchase of the vehicle was from a 4E grant the department received from the state. Commissioner Joe Brown (Pct. 3) said he had been working with the department to make sure they got the best vehicle for the money they have to spend.
The court also approved a request from Brown in Precinct 3 to sell two used motor graders and purchase a used motor grader at a licensed public auction. He told his fellow commissioners the two his crews are using currently were new in 1989 and 1990 and the used grader he’s found would be able to be used immediately.