Councilman Pushes to Finish 11 Year Project

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - In 2006 Webb County partnered up with the city of Laredo to build a community center in the central part of town, which would be known as the Fenando A. Salinas Community Center but the project has yet to be finished.

City officials are pushing to constitute the project and provide the community what it was promised.

Eleven years ago, the city and county agreed to pay $650,000 to complete the community center.

Now councilman Alberto Torres is asking the county to finish the construction that began in 2011 or allow the city to take over.

The center was meant to be a family center meant for families and children of central Laredo.

Torres says in 2006 the city agreed to let Webb County manage the joint project.

The Fernando A. Salinas Community Center is being built on city property, which is being leased to the county for a dollar a year.

By not having yet completing the building, Torres says somewhere along the way the county did not uphold their agreement with the city.

Now Torres is requesting for the city to push the county to move forward one way or another.

Torres wants city council to vote during Monday's meeting to send a demand letter to the county to make a decision.

We reached out to Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina, and he says the county does not have the financial means to complete the project and he recommends the city to take over.

Torres says financial documents show the project is 86 percent complete and effort needs to be put to complete it.

The decision cannot be made without the majority of commissioners agreeing.

Torres says another factor has been that the Fernando A. Salinas Trust promised $200,000 for the name of the building but has only contributed 50,000.

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