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LEDC sends recommendation to city council

The Levelland Economic Development Corporation recommended Thursday that the city use a company for engineering services for a Rail Park project.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has notified Levelland that it has been approved for a $522,000 Texas Capital Fund grant, said Erik Rejino, director of community development with the city.

Recently the city council issued a Request for Qualifications for engineering services for the project.

Three companies replied and a selection review committee ranked their engineering proposals.

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, which the city uses for many services, received the highest rating. Wilson & Company and West Texas Consultants Inc. came in second and third, respectively, said Rejino.

Funds for the project will be used to install 1,200 feet of track on Lot 1 South of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park to accommodate a company that could locate there. It is referred to as Project Black Gold.

The city council will now vote on the LEDC’s recommendation.

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