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May 28, 2013

County OKs new precinct barn

Pct. 1 barn to move to Highway 22 site

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of the old Hulcher property on Highway 22 as the new location of the Precinct 1 county barn.

Commissioners voted Monday to finalize the purchase of the land and building, located on Highway 22, just west of the Corsicana city limits, about a half-mile west of FM 2555.

The move will allow Pct. 1 Commissioner Jason Grant to move his barn operation from its present location on Highway 31, and actually get the barn back into Precinct 1. A re-mapping of the county precincts several years ago actually placed the Highway 31 property in Precinct 4.

The county sold the Highway 31 property to a private investment firm in 2007 for $350,000, but has continued to use the site under an agreement with the buyer that called for the county to pay the taxes due on the land, around $7,000 a year, said Grant.

Moving into the building that formerly housed Hulcher Emergency Services will be an easy transition, Grant said.

“It’s a great location,” Grant said. “I couldn’t have hand-picked a better spot.”

Grant said the property is a little over two acres in size, has a workshop, office area, and ample storage for his county barn operations. There are also four large covered bays that will allow for parking equipment out of the elements.

“I was real pleased with the purchase and the price as well,” he added.

The Highway 31 location provided some challenges getting big equipment into and out of the gates with the busy traffic in the area. That won’t be a problem at the new site, Grant said.

“It was a dangerous situation every day,” he said.

The location will also allow him to get to locations throughout the precinct easier, he said.

With the active development taking place at the Highway 31 intersection, Grant said he was worried that the owner of the property would want to start building on the land, and when he heard about the availability of the Hulcher property in late April, things fell in place for the purchase.

Grant said he hoped to have the move completed within the next week.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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