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Redd: Borger EDC can help with pipeline relocation

August 30, 2011

On August 18th the Borger Economic Development Corporation agreed to provide funds which will be used to move pipelines from an area of land being considered for the future home of a Wal-Mart Super Center.
The EDC Board of Directors approved providing around $250,000 to assist DCP Midstream and local businessman Odis McCellan in rerouting pipeline around a section of land located near the new hospital site between Highway 136 and Carbon Road.
Since the action, the EDC has been questioned by a couple of local business owners if the move violates the EDC’s by-laws and makes for an unfair playing field for other businesses in town.
Local business owners argue that the EDC’s by-laws block such a move stating EDC money must be used for manufacturing, where 75% of income comes from outside of Hutchinson County, and money cannot be used to help a competing business.
On Monday morning, Borger EDC CEO Dan Redd said the EDC’s decision to provide funds to the relocation of the pipeline falls under the guidelines of a proposition approved by the voters of the city of Borger back in May of 1998.
In the election, seven propositions were passed authorizing the EDC to assist in various local projects including using funds to help local education facilities, public facility improvements and under Proposition 6, assisting in the development of land for retail and commercial use.
In regards to the pipeline project, Redd said, “There is no question the relocating the pipeline will help in developing that land for a future Wal-Mart. However, people need to understand that the funds used will move the pipeline from a whole section of land so it can be developed for other projects outside of the Wal-Mart.”
Redd went on to say there has been interest in building an assisted living facility in the area and believes once the Wal-Mart is built there will be interest in putting in other retail businesses in the area. The proposed Wal-Mart would use nearly 17 acres of the land in the section where the pipeline is to be relocated.
Redd understands the primary objective of the EDC is to bring in and develop industrial or production type jobs. However, Redd said the addition of a Wal-Mart Supercenter could help in creating new jobs in Borger.
Redd said, “On average, the Hutchinson County unemployment rate is around two points higher than the other counties in the Texas Panhandle. I would like to see that number go lower and I expect a Supercenter will open up more job opportunities and help that rate go lower.”
The workforce data from July backs up Redd’s statement that Hutchinson County’s unemployment rate was at 7.6% compared to 5.2% for Moore County, 6.9% for Gray County and 4.7% for Ochiltree County.
Redd pointed out due to the propositions passed in the May 1998 election, the EDC has been able to provide funds towards Frank Phillips College projects and the new Hutchinson County Airport Terminal.
Redd added that in these type of projects, the EDC enters into a matching funds type agreement and said the money Wal-Mart will put in to develop the land for a new store will more than match any funds the EDC provides in relocating the pipeline.

Comments

new walmart

September 30, 2011 by skidmo (not verified), 2 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 770

all of you business owners need to quit complaining about these new stores coming in if you all wasnt so high on your prices some of these other stores might not be coming in but im glad cvs super walmart are coming in run some of you high priced store out be alright if you all would not be so money hungrey.

Super Walmart

September 1, 2011 by Tiapan64 (not verified), 2 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 757

LOL, figures Dallam county only has 6,222 people in it and Ochiltree County has 9,385. Hutchinson county has 23,857 and it WILL save the folks from several counties from driving to Amarillo to get to a Super Walmart. Typical of a Borger Business owner "Why them and not me wah wah. I hope the supercenter comes in here as well as Taco Villa and IHOP and Burger King and Lowes or Home Depot and shuts the locals up and makes them bring thier prices in line with the BIG boys!!!!!
I for one am fed up with the Monopoly the locals have on the market....it makes me SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

super walmart

September 30, 2011 by skidmo (not verified), 2 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 771

i agree 100%

BEDC

August 31, 2011 by Galen (not verified), 2 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 756

I am a local business owner and I am not against a Super Walmart but I am against having our tax dollars pay to move pipes for their benefit. Can Walmart not afford to move the pipes themselves? Can Mr. McClellan not afford to move the pipes? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. Did the BEDC tear down the building for the new CVS? No, the land owner and CVS paid for their own project. Did the BEDC pay to develop the land around Hastings? No, the land owner and his businesses paid for their own projects. Will Super Walmart create jobs or just shift jobs around within our local economy? A question that is debatable. Ochiltree county does not have a Walmart and yet has the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7% of any of the counties listed in article. Hartley county(Dalhart) unemployment rate is 5.8% and they also do not have a Walmart of any type. Personally, I will shop at Super Walmart but they can pay their own way just like CVS, United, Lowes, and the rest of our retail businesses. The BEDC could use the $250,000 dollars to create more high paying manufacturing jobs. Walmart is not going to let $250,000 stop them from opening a supercenter, if they believe it will be profitable, and it will be.

Super Walmart

September 1, 2011 by Tiapan64 (not verified), 2 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 758

Typical of a local. I don't know what business you are in but apparently you are against Borger Growing...Can't stand a little competition?? If the BEDC needs to spend 600,000 to get them here I will back them all the way. The way I see it the locals are scared of the challenge of matching the prices the BIG boys bring.....get in line with them or go under.....simple as that. I also hope that Home Depot or Lowes Lumber comes here to give Mortons some compatition,,,,,keep thier prices in line.....saved 850.00 for fencing simply by driving to Amarillo, I will do that ALL DAY LONG!!!
GET YOU PRICES IN LINE OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS BORGER!!!!

BEDC

August 31, 2011 by Galen (not verified), 2 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 755

I am a local business owner and I am not against a Super Walmart but I am against having our tax dollars pay to move pipes for their benefit. Can Walmart not afford to move the pipes themselves? Can Mr. McClellan not afford to move the pipes? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. Did the BEDC tear down the building for the new CVS? No, the land owner and CVS paid for their own project. Did the BEDC pay to develop the land around Hastings? No, the land owner and his businesses paid for their own projects. Will Super Walmart create jobs or just shift jobs around within our local economy? A question that is debatable. Ochiltree county does not have a Walmart and yet has the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7% of any of the counties listed in article. Hartley county(Dalhart) unemployment rate is 5.8% and they also do not have a Walmart of any type. Personally, I will shop at Super Walmart but they can pay their own way just like CVS, United, Lowes, and the rest of our retail businesses. The BEDC could use the $250,000 dollars to create more high paying manufacturing jobs. Walmart is not going to let $250,000 stop them from opening a supercenter, if they believe it will be profitable, and it will be.

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