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Wharton County Commissioners delay vote on railroad yard project

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The Wharton County Commissioner's Court is delaying a vote on a potential railroad yard near County Road 405 and 421 until more work can be done to solve potential drainage issues. Nearby residents are expressing concerns the railroad yard could lead to unwanted waste runoff. 

Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath explained the railroad yard can be a job creator and potentially provide over $1.5 million dollars annually to El Campo ISD as well as over one million dollars to various county services. He also added that Ridgeland, the company contracted to build the railroad yard, assured the commissioners that each building will have its own specially engineered detention/retention pond so no new runoff seeps into the surrounding farm lands.

Ridgeland has told Wharton commissioners they will invest over $125 million dollars towards this project, with more to come in additional phases. This investment will contribute towards the additional tax revenue. County Judge Spenrath says the project will benefit the county in many ways as long as all precautions, safeguards and laws are followed when constructing the railroad yard. He added that the county's number one priority is making sure drainage concerns are answered and addressed and the project will not move forward unless all designs and engineering comply with this goal. 

Wharton County Commissioner's Court have not yet announced when they will vote on this project. 

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