Construction Continues

A new report to the Clifton Economic Development Corporation indicated that a long-awaited travel center may open this fall in Clifton.

Construction activities at the Ranglers store location picked up earlier this summer with crews moving earth and leveling ground on the property on Hwy. 6.

In recent days, storm water drains were in the process of being laid and connected to the City’s infrastructure.

The 9,000 square-foot travel center is planned to include two fast-food chain restaurants in addition to convenience store items as well as gasoline and diesel sales for the rural market.

The store aims to serve agriculture-based business that seek to bypass I-35’s congestion by using Hwy. 6 for travel among communities between Houston and Abilene.

According to a recent Texas Department of Transportation traffic count report, 8,500 trips were made by vehicles daily between the future Ranglers location and Clifton’s Tractor Supply store.

The tentative opening of the Ranglers travel center is November 2017, according to the CEDC report during its called meeting July 31.

During the July meeting, the EDC board discussed and agreed to request that the attorney for the City of Clifton review the board’s two previous agendas for compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act and then provide guidance on future agenda postings related to the level of detail required in them.

Board members present for the meeting were Ashley Abel, Lance Allen, Tom Byrd, Jerry Golden, and Vicki Mitchell.

Board president Phyllis Gamble was not present. Also present was Paige Key, executive director of the Clifton Chamber of Commerce.

In other business, the EDC board also received an update from Aaron Farmer of The Retail Coach. After its teleconference call with him, the board agreed to review its contract with the retail consulting company at its next regular meeting.

The board also gave the green light for the EDC’s finance committee to review terms and conditions for borrowing from a revolving loan fund administered by the US Department of Agriculture.

Low-interest loans made from the $150,000 USDA fund may be used by local businesses, a few of which have expressed interest in such financial resources.

The next meeting of the Clifton EDC is scheduled for Monday, August 14.

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