LCRA, City of San Saba award $14,396 grant for new sign outside county courthouse
San Saba County Chamber of Commerce will use sign to share community alerts, promote local events
Dec. 3, 2020
SAN SABA, Texas – A $14,396 grant awarded to the San Saba County Chamber of Commerce by the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of San Saba will help pay for the purchase and installation of a new digital marquee outside the county courthouse.
The new sign will be 6 feet high and 8 feet wide and will share community messages and alerts, as well as promote local events.
Paired with matching funds of $3,604, the Community Development Partnership Program grant will allow the chamber to replace the current, outdated marquee that is in need of repairs. A courthouse employee now manually updates messages on the marquee each Monday. The new marquee will allow chamber officials to enter messages from off-site computers.
“Our chamber is ecstatic because of the versatility of the new marquee and the opportunities that it’s going to bring for enhancing communication with our community,” said Cassandra Merriman, the chamber’s executive director since September. “It will create more cohesiveness by creating more transparency and better communication.”
The San Saba County Chamber is nearing 170 members, and Merriman said she looks forward to highlighting new members on the upgraded marquee.
“Having the digital marquee allows us to work quickly to recognize our members and welcome them,” Merriman said. “It’s very visible, and maybe people driving by will think, ‘Oh, it’s a new business. Let’s go check it out.’”
The new marquee also will be an important tool for relaying health, safety and event information to San Saba County residents and visitors, whether it’s a mention of a coming food and wine festival or an annual rodeo or a message about a burn ban or boil-water notice.
Merriman sees other possibilities, too.
“We can display inspirational quotes for the community, especially this year,” she said. “Something that helps brighten their day. It really becomes a full asset for the community.”
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 San Saba 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.