Wal-Mart Building to be Sold

LIBERTY, July 25, 2013 - As reported by other media County Commissioners voted to sell the Jack Hartel Building (the old Wal-Mart) and take a one million dollar loss on the transaction.

The building was supposed to be developed to house County Government Offices and the Shelter now being constructed on San Jacinto Street in Liberty.

If we would have continued it’s development everything would have been fine and we would not have lost a million dollars. It would have been a nice facility and things would have been great.

As soon as Craig McNair took office he stopped the project claiming it was not affordable despite the fact all the money for the purchase and remodeling had already been borrowed and was just sitting there. It would not have cost us anything more than we had already done to finish the plan.

But what was McNair’s plan from almost the time he took office that no one knew.

It was to sell the Old Wal-Mart and use the proceeds to build the Craig McNair Liberty County Courthouse Annex some where in the county.

Within two or three months his idea was on the front burner and he consulted with Bickerstaff Attorneys in Austin to confirm his plan could be done.

In a summary letter obtained by i-dineout.com through Open Records Request from Count Attorney Wes Hinch, Bickerstaff attorneys summaries the situation and stated, "Upon receipt of the sale proceeds from the building, the County may use the sales proceeds for another governmental purposes, such as building a new annex building. However, the County must expend the proceeds within two years of the closing on the sale of the Wal-Mart building.”

See complete letter... Letter from Thomas M. Pollan to Craig McNair

The only other thing you can do with the proceeds of the sale of the Wal-Mart would be to use the proceeds of the sale to pay off some of the bonded debt we went into to purchase and remodel it.

This writer is truly wet with anticipation of reviewing the construction documents, plans and elegant architectural rendering of the front façade of the new Liberty County Courthouse Annex that must be built within two years of the current sale.

I have so many questions about the future and what’s to come that will soon be answered as things play out.

Thank you Charlotte, thank you Norman and OOOOH, thank you Craig for all that you have done to us.

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