Commissioners eye Martindale paving project


By LPR Staff



During a relatively brief business meeting on Monday morning, the Caldwell County Commissioners eyed the possibility of offering some long-needed relief in Martindale.

Ever battling the increasing traffic brought by the San Marcos River recreational climate, Commissioner Neto Madrigal said he had h

eard from City of Martindale officials, who requested the County assist with paving a section of Northwest River Road, which services 101 residences and two businesses which rest outside the Martindale City Limits. Madrigal said the item was only for discussion, but arose from the idea that patching potholes on the road is no longer effective.

“More than 200 buses a day go over that road,” Madrigal said. “And one of the things that we want to do is try to sit down with the City of Martindale and those businesses to see if we can get into some kind of partnership to maintain that road.”

Historically, Caldwell County has provided paving services for the City of Martindale and billed the city for those services. However, Madrigal suggested in this case, the County might be willing to consider a reduced rate for the paving.

City of Martindale Mayor Randy Bunker was on hand, and thanked the Court for being willing to take up the discussion, but cautioned that in his experience, the outfitters might promise to assist with paving the roads, but would likely renege on that promise.

Bunker and Madrigal will schedule a meeting with the outfitters and Unit Road Administrator Don Leclerc to discuss the issue further, before returning the issue to the table.

In other business, the Court heard an extensive presentation from representatives of the Luling Independent School District regarding their plans for their growing Career and Technology Education programs.

They also heard from Richard Gibbens of the Way Company, a consulting firm which assists governmental entities in evaluating and maximizing their energy usage. The Court may consider entering a contract with the company at another time, but County Judge Kenneth Schawe said he at least wanted his colleagues aware that the service was available.

In brief news:

The Court approved two platting changes to single-residence private properties.

They opted the outdoor burning ban off.

The Commissioners chose to cancel the regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 26, 2016, because of the County’s Christmas holiday schedule, and they heard a presentation from District Attorney Fred Weber regarding funds collected by the DA’s Office.

The Caldwell County Commissioners Court routinely meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 9 a.m. in the second floor courtroom at the Caldwell County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public and are webcast at



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