2.) It has been a busy 2019 for Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid, who has made waves on his continued efforts to improve the community, including spearheading an effort to secure a multi-million dollar grant for renovations to the J.K. Northway Exposition Center.
A project nearly two years in the making, Madrid, alongside Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick, led an effort to secure a $4.3 million dollar grant to begin renovations at the J.K. Northway as part of the Kleberg Regional Public Safety Training and Emergency Operations Command Center project.
The project will create a regional training facility for first responders in the area, an emergency command center for any natural disasters in the future and an educational facility for area schools.
The project will also include applying upgrades to the facility for concerts, events and conventions.
Madrid first discovered the grant in early 2018 and applied for it in late 2018.
In July 2019, he received notice of a “checklist” to complete before receiving the award money.
In September this year, the grant was awarded to the county and the ongoing project is slated to begin construction in the spring of 2020.
Other renovation projects include improvements to Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park, funded through grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife service, and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2016.
Along with Pct. 3 County Commissioner Roy Cantu, Madrid helped to secure a total grant amount of $879,000, which will fund improvements to the park that includes the expansion of the parking lot at the park, repairs and extensions to both boat ramps for ease of access into the Cayo Del Grullo, new lighted fish washing stations and improvements to the docks.
They will also make improvements to the Seawind RV Park resort, which includes a boat washing station, new restrooms and rinsing showers, sewer improvements to the RV park grounds and new electrical improvements.
Kleberg County officials broke ground on the project on Aug. 20, and the plans to upgrade Baffin Bay are ongoing.