3/17/2007

County to reconsider Scull bridge: Seguin TX Gazette-Enterprise, 3/6/07

By David DeKunder

A proposed bridge that would connect Guadalupe and Caldwell counties could get the thumbs-down from Guadalupe County commissioners.

County commissioners could reverse their previous support for the bridge when they meet at 10 a.m., today, at the County Administration Building.

County Road and Bridge Administrator Larry Timmermann said commissioners will decide if they want to rescind their previous support of the proposed Scull Road Bridge, which would be built over the San Marcos River in the northeastern part of the county.

Because of issues relating to eminent domain, commissioners seem to have second thoughts on supporting the construction of the bridge, Timmermann said.

“The project would require that the county take eminent domain against the [property owner],” Timmermann said. “Commissioners court is not willing to do this.”

Timmermann said the property owner has withdrawn his support for the bridge because of the eminent domain issue.

The proposed project, which has a price tag of $500,000, would be built with state funding and funding from both counties.

Last May, county commissioners passed a resolution supporting the bridge, which initially had the support of a property owner in the area.

For the project to go forward, Timmermann said the state requires that both counties pass a resolution supporting the bridge.


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