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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
    County approves retail incentives
    Washington County commissioners today approved a package of incentives for retail development.
     
    The retail guidelines are similar to tax phase-in incentives used to recruit industrial relocation or expansion, which were approved last month by the Brenham City Council.

    The retail businesses must have at least $10 million dollars in sales or a facility that is at least 40,000 square feet to qualify for the incentives.
     
    The idea is to attract large scale retailers in order for surrounding businesses to benefit.
     
    In addition, commissioners approved a resolution for County Judge John Brieden to enter into contracts for participation in the Washington County rotation log for towing services for abandoned, impounded, junked and disabled vehicles with towing companies in Washington County.
     
    Towing companies that enter into the contract will pay a $250 fee that will be prorated the remainder of the year.
     
    The contracts this year will be from May 1 to Dec. 31 and renewed contracts will be from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and renewed annually after that.
     
    The purpose of the contract is for the safety and protection of individuals forced into non-consent tow situations.
     
    Precinct One Constable Ken Holle was appointed administrator of towing contracts and his duties will include inspection of towing vehicles and dealing with complaints if more than one towing company arrives to pick up a vehicle in a non-consent tow situation.
     
    Commissioners also approved:
     
    A release of a lien placed on 8.7 acres of property located in the 17000 block of FM 912.
     
    A formal notice for a proposed buried utility line in N. Berlin Road for PGMS-Central Washington County Water Supply Corp in Precinct 3.

    Source: Brenham Banner Press