“The prospect of 200 jobs in three years is really, really exciting,” Nicklas said. “Plus the additional tax base it would generate, even though we’re giving them a fairly large abatement. There will still be more money coming to the county from that property than what is currently being provided.”
Both Nicklas and Butcher said it won’t be safe to celebrate until TUPA officially moves to town.
“When we see them break ground, then we’ll know we were successful,” Butcher said.
Even so, the prospect of a brand new manufacturing facility, hundreds of jobs and all of the additional benefits is hard not to be giddy about. It has not been lost on county and city officials just how monumental TUPA’s factory would be.
“I’m just really excited about it and hope that it comes to fruition,” Nicklas said. “It would be another great feather in the cap for Palo Pinto County.”
In other business, commissioners unanimously approved an inter-local cooperation agreement between Palo Pinto County and Moore County as part of the “Cop Synch” program. Palo Pinto County Chief Deputy Mike Sudderth was in attendance to speak on behalf of the agreement that would help the Sheriff’s office be better connected with their peers to the west.
Commissioners also tabled discussion concerning a county-wide burn ban. There is still no burn ban in effect, but commissioners will revisit the topic, with a decent likelihood of reinstating the burn ban, on Dec. 9, at County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell’s behest.