LCRA, City of Bellville award $25,000 grant for modernized community message board


New LED sign will share emergency alerts, information about area events

LCRA and City of Bellville representatives present a $25,000 grant to the Bellville Chamber of Commerce for a new community message board. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Danny Williams, chamber board member; Kate Ramzinski, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Lisa Cooper, chamber trailblazer; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Lari Samford, San Bernard Electric Cooperative communications specialist; Megan Kendrick, chamber executive director; Jackie Leach, chamber treasurer; Leslie Pfeffer, chamber president; and Matthew L. “Matt” Arthur, LCRA Board Member.
BELLVILLE, Texas – Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Bellville, the Bellville Chamber of Commerce will install a modernized community message board that will share emergency alerts and information about local events with the public.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $59,695 in matching funds from the chamber, will pay for an LED message board to replace one that no longer works. The new 8-foot-wide message board will be supported by 20-foot-tall brick veneer columns, giving its messages high-profile visibility.

The new sign will be visible from State Highway 36 when entering Bellville. As part of the project, a brick flower bed maintained by the Bellville Town & Country Garden Club will be built at the spot.

“It will be a wonderful greeting from our town, and it’s an awesome opportunity to get with 2024,” said Megan Kendrick, the chamber’s executive director. “We knew there was a need, but these signs are expensive, especially to get the quality we wanted. It’s just a blessing that we can move forward, and we’re very grateful for the grant.”

Unlike the former message board that could only be updated from one location using a dial-up modem, the new version can be updated with mobile devices using cloud-based software. The improved technology will enable law enforcement, civic groups and city, county and school officials to post alerts much more quickly.

Kendrick said the outdated message board, which was more than 20 years old, recently stopped working after a hailstorm.

“You don’t realize how many people read the sign until it’s not working,” Kendrick said. “We called the company, and they said we don’t make it anymore and we don’t have any parts for it.”

The next day, Kendrick learned that the chamber had received a CDPP grant.

“Imagine if the old sign had gone out and we hadn’t even started thinking about another sign,” Kendrick said. “At the chamber, we’re always looking to better our town. We want to modernize but still remain a small town. I think this new sign shows our commitment to our community.”

The community grant is one of 44 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Bellville is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. More information is available at

About LCRA

The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations.

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