News 3 Network: The Navasota Examiner for the week of October 2

Super Wal-Mart coming to Navasota
A Wal-Mart Supercenter is expected to be constructed in Navasota within a year or so.
Though plans for construction have been in the works for at least a few years, Navasota Planning and Zoning Commission approved a 20-acre plat last week.
The supercenter will be erected on the southeast corner of US Highway 6 and US Highway 90, between the current Shell station and Best Western motel, facing US Highway 6. Construction is expected to begin next month, Planning and Zoning Commission Vice-Chair Malcolm Green said.
Although the estimated cost of the project was unknown at press time on Tuesday, commission member Patty Tokoly said the supercenter is expected to double both the tax revenues and amount of local traffic.

County doesn't raise taxes
Thanks to a three percent increase in tax rolls and other revenues, the county is not raising its $.530261 tax rate – despite significant increases in expenditures.
The commissioners passed a $19,827,362.67 budget. Compared to the 2012-13 budget, the newly adopted budget is expected to raise revenue from property taxes by $824,290 – a 7.14 increase – and of which $214,694 stems from new property, according to Auditor Mary Nichols.
Sales tax revenues are expected to bring in a $140,000 increase from last year.

Stoneham Food Mart to hold grand opening
The Stoneham Food Mart, a store that helped play a role in supplying water and drinks to first responders when the 2011 Dyer Mill Fire broke out, will have a grand opening Thursday, Oct. 3. The store has expanded from 2,500-square feet to nearly 6,000-square feet. The store that claims to have “The Cheapest Gas in Town” will also now serve Hunt Brothers Pizza. Folks can also buy everything from shower gel to groceries to collectibles like tiger statues and rustic Texas knick-knacks.

City of Navasota looking for a few good volunteers
The City of Navasota will soon be considering appointments to the various boards and commissions, including Planning and Zoning commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Board of Adjustments, Library Advisory Board, Airport Advisory Committee, Economic Development Corporation, Keep Navasota Beautiful Commission, and the Navasota Housing Authority. These committees are important to the city. They have specific areas of interest, and assist the council with ideas to improve and enhance the services provided to citizens and encourage growth of the city.

The City Council will consider appointments to these committees on Oct. 28.
Anyone interested in serving on a board or advisory committee is asked to stop by city hall, at 200 E. McAlpine, and complete a volunteer application, or go online at www.NavasotaTX.gov, to complete an application under the Government tab, Community Boards and Commissions. The form can be submitted electronically or printed out and returned to city hall.


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