The Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC announced donations of nearly $2.5 million dollars Monday for several improvement projects in Presidio, Alpine, Brewster County and Jeff Davis County. See the breakdown of funds below:
CITY OF PRESIDIO DONATION:
The TPP donated $1,067,000 million dollars to the city of Presidio to break ground on an expansion of its outdoor community recreational facility.
The expansion includes 10 acres of land to develop soccer fields, 2 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, a playground and additional parking and restrooms, according to a news release.
The facility will be next to the Presidio Aquatic Center and take about a year to complete.
“We are so excited to offer our residents these new facilities. The completion of the recreational park and sports complex will go a long way in improving the lives of the children in Presidio, promoting a healthier lifestyle and affording them the opportunity to just have some fun,” Presidio Mayor, John Ferguson said.
CITY OF ALPINE DONATION:
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC donated $400,000 dollars to the City of Alpine Monday.
The money will go toward constructing a scenic walking path and some new equipment for the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department.
“There is no doubt that many Alpine residents have expressed concerns about pipeline safety and the environment,” Alpine Council Member Rick Stephens said in a release.
“This significant gift from Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC clearly demonstrates their commitment to safety and to the quality of life in the communities they construct and operate,” Stephens said.
The scenic walking path is a part of the City Vision Plan. The 1.5 mile path will connect northern, central and southern parts of Alpine.
According to the press release, construction on the $215,000 dollar path will begin in mid-August and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The remaining 185,000 dollars will off-set the cost of some new equipment and vehicle upgrades for the Volunteer Fire Department, including safety gear, radios and hose replacements.
“The City appreciates the financial commitment from Energy Transfer Partners to help facilitate increased readiness of our local fire department and enhanced recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors,” Stephens said.
The Alpine Public Library will also receive a $170,000 dollar gift from the TPP. According to the release, it will help kick off their new expansion project.
BREWSTER COUNTY DONATION:
The TPP donated $500,000 dollars to Brewster County.
According to a release the funds will be used to purchase emergency response vehicles, equipment, cameras and to finish the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department.
The cameras will be installed along the pipeline corridor to enable the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office to monitor pipeline activity locally.
The funds will finish the second floor of the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department and add living quarters to the station.
In the news release, Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano said, “since the inception of the pipeline project, Brewster County took the position of remaining neutral, objective and transparent with our position.”
“It was my position that in order to protect the best interest of Brewster County, I needed to remain professional and see the development as an opportunity for relationship building versus choosing to be oppositional and resistant. Due to the conscious effort to keep the lines of communication between Brewster County and the Trans-Pecos Pipeline open and civil, we were able to work together for the benefit of Brewster County,” Cano said.
JEFF DAVIS DONATION:
The TPP donated $300,000 dollars to Jeff Davis County.
According to a news release, the donation was made “for their neighborly support during construction and for the use of multiple county roads.
How the funds will be used is unknown at this time, but county officials believe at least part of the funds will be used for a second ambulance. The decision will be voted on by the county commissioners.
Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC is a joint venture owned in part by an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), L.P.