LCRA, City of Hallettsville award $25,000 grant to update Knights of Columbus hall
Knights of Columbus Council No. 2433 will add handicapped-accessible restrooms to popular meeting venue
Dec. 1, 2020
HALLETTSVILLE, Texas – A $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Hallettsville will help the Columbus Club renovate aging restrooms in the Knights of Columbus hall that has been a longtime hub for community events in the area.
Project Chairman James Bujnoch said Knights of Columbus Council No. 2433 recently updated one of two sets of restrooms inside the hall in Hallettsville. The Community Development Partnership Program grant will help fund renovations of the second set, making the restrooms handicapped-accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The restrooms also will include water-saving low-flow toilets and energy-efficient LED lighting.
Matching funds of $65,000 from other grants and donations will help pay for the project.
“These bathrooms were originally built when the hall was constructed, roughly 40 years ago,” Bujnoch said. “We’re very excited to receive this grant, and it goes a long way in allowing us to proceed with this project.”
Founded in 1922, Knights of Columbus Council No. 2433 in Hallettsville is nearing its 100th anniversary, and the group’s hall serves as a multipurpose venue for residents of Lavaca County and the surrounding area. The hall is frequently the setting for weddings, concerts, graduations, fundraisers and reunions, and it also served as a Red Cross emergency center during Hurricane Harvey and a COVID-19 testing site. The hall also has hosted the Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics, the South Texas Polka & Sausage Fest, the Texas State Championship Straight Domino Tournament and the Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce Kolache Festival.
The Columbus Club is a nonprofit organization that owns and operates the hall.
Bujnoch said the hall has a capacity of 1,600, adding that “it’s really the only community hall of this size in this area.”
The community grant is one of 27 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 Hallettsville 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 January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
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. For more information, visit lcra.org.