Fair Park project boosts permits

Tops $1-million for 7-month total

The newest Rockdale Fair Association boosted the July total for building permits in Rockdale.

The RFA is constructing a building for the commercial heifer sale to be complete in time for the 2017 event.

Commercial heifers have been a spectacular success story during the past decade at the Rockdale Fair.

The show has brought as much as $312,305 (in 2015) for Milam County youth and as many as 39 pens have been sold (2016).

Through 2016 the show and sale has been in the main show barn.

Project cost was put at $120,000. The July total was $173,348.

That lifted the 2017 seven month total over the $1-million plateau to $1,020,403.

That compares to $995,633 recorded during the first seven months of 2016.

This is now the third consecutive year for permits to top $1-million in Rockdale.

Since 1976, there have only been seven years in which permits did not surpass the $1-million mark.

That compares with 36 years with $1-million-plus permits, in some instances well above.

All-time record building permit year was 2008 at $30,877,029.

That was the year in which permits were taken for the $28.8-million bond package in the Rockdale ISD, which resulted in the construction of a new intermediate school, along with expansion and renovation of the high school.

Permits are issued at City Hall and reflect only construction within the city limits.

Permits were issued in July to the following:

• Jason Kelley, residential fence, 1204 Highland.

• Juan A. Prieto, residential fence, 301 East First.

• Absolute Fence & Gate, residential fence, 1801 Murray.

• Marcario Flores, residential roof, 925 East Cameron.

• Bland Construction Ltd., commercial building demolition and rebuild, 118 East Milam.

• Rockdale Fair Association, new commercial building, 200 Walnut (Fair Park).

• Nora Construction, residential roof, 501 Green.

• Rosalba Barragan, residential fence, 507 Scarbrough.

• Carolina Aceituno, residential fence and drive, 602 Ackerman.

• Silvano Construction, commercial remodel, 123 West Cameron.

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