LCRA representatives present a $24,000 grant to the City of Lampasas Police Department to repair, clean, seal and paint its building. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Sammy Bailey, police chief; Joe Loosier, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association vice president; Nancy Eckert Yeary, LCRA Board member; Beckie Neville, CPAAA secretary; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Steve Dyer, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Paul Miceli, CPAAA volunteer; and Jody Cummings, assistant police chief.
The City of Lampasas Police Department now can renovate the exterior of its building and remove cracks that have grown as birds pecked away at insulation to use for their nests, thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $24,000 in matching contributions, will enable the police department to repair, clean, seal and paint its building. Birds have exacerbated cracks in the building’s exterior insulation by pecking holes and taking the insulation for their nests. The exterior also is covered in mold that needs to be removed.
“For years, we have tried use our budget to fund the repairs,” said Sammy Bailey, Lampasas Police Department chief. “Each time we try to budget money to have the mold removed and the exterior of the building resealed and repainted, a heating and air conditioning system has had to be replaced. Since 2017, we’ve replaced three HVAC units that stopped working.”
The department estimates about 900 members of the public visit the building each month. The building serves as headquarters for the police, animal control and after-hours utility and public works services. The department also offers tours and presentations to school groups.
“This grant will afford us an opportunity to renovate our building so it will reflect and symbolize the professionalism of our department and reflect a positive image not only on our department but our community,” Bailey said.
The community grant is awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Lampasas is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-31, 2019. More information is available at
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 enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
Source: LCRA Business News