Truck stop ranked top MDD priority
Rockdale’s Municpal Development District (MDD) wants the town’s economy to keep on truckin’.
Literally. A tr uck stop for Rockdale was ranked No. 1 on a list of projects presented by the MDD board.
City Manager Kelvin Knauf said the MDD has made inquiries to Love’s and Kolkhorst Oil, which operates a Rattler’s truck stop in Cameron.
The rest of the top five are: Business park relocation, civic center expansion, airport expansion and distribution centers.
A total of 33 projects were ranked.
LEADERS—The MDD assigned project leaders as follows:
• Collier Perr y, Jim Scott, business park relocation, airport expansion, regional airpark.
• Gary Griesbach, Elaine Gerren, truck stops, civic center expansion, sports complex and convention center, indoor pool, Rockdale YMCA.
• Gar y Anton, distribution centers, Rockdale Marketplace (property in front of Walmart) development, tractor supply and distribution center.
• Bobby Pelzel, Griesbach, entrance signs promoting Rockdale, construction of four welcome signs.
Mayor Larry Jones said all projects are in “very preliminary” stages.
PROJECTS—The MDD listed projects prioritized No. 6 through No. 33, in order, as follows:
Rockdale Marketplace (property in front of Walmart), improve appearance of town along US 79, assisted living facility, sports complex and convention center.
Reg ional air park, “ Buy in Rockdale” campaign, indoor pool, parks and recreation manager, mailing ads to potential businesses and industries.
Cleanup demonstration project, Rockdale YMCA, entrance signs promoting Rockdale, Velocita project, Alcoa re- start/gifted county lake.
A lcoa machine shop, summer jobs cooperative/incentive program, street planters, market Rockdale in the Austin American Statesman.
Community gardens feasibility task force, remove dead trees on West Bell and Main, tractor supply and distributing center, improve utilization of Moultry Park.
Handicapped railings, construction of four welcome signs, purchase of promotional giveaway items, advertising, website, utility lines to Chamber industrial park.