Willacy County commission to consider building storm shelter

RAYMONDVILLE — After about five years of planning, the Willacy County Housing Authority might be the latest proposed site for a federally-funded storm shelter.

But the move from the Raymondville High School area would boost project costs in the county facing a financial crisis.

On Wednesday, Willacy County commissioners will consider paying more money to build the 8,000-square-foot shelter near the housing authority, located outside the city limits.

County commissioners could not be reached for comment yesterday.

But County Judge Aurelio Guerra has said the housing authority could help the county fund the project.

Meanwhile, officials do not want to lose a $750,000 federal grant that requires the county build the shelter by August 2016.

That means time is running out.

The storm shelter would be funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and $275,000 in county funds.

County leaders had planned to build the shelter near Raymondville High School, where officials hoped the building could double as the county’s first Boys and Girls Club.

But money has been tight.