LCRA awards $25,000 grant for new patrol car

LCRA representatives present a $25,000 grant to the City of Waelder for a new police patrol car. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Eric W. Jones, Waelder police lieutenant; Rudy Hille, police chief; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Roy Tovar, mayor; Valentino Hernandez, city council member; and Rick Arnic, LCRA governmental affairs representative.

The City of Waelder Police Department has a new patrol vehicle, thanks to a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Before the new vehicle, all five of the city’s police officers shared a single patrol car because the department’s other two vehicles are old and unreliable.

“To have all of our officers relying on the use of just one vehicle was setting ourselves up for something bad to happen,” said Waelder Mayor Roy Tovar. “You can’t expect good men and women to perform their jobs well when they don’t have the right tools.”

Having two running vehicles in good condition will provide more reliable support to the community, and will reduce the city’s maintenance cost of the patrol vehicles by eliminating the frequent repairs needed for the old vehicles.

“We have a really good police department that our community depends on,” Tovar said. “Now the officers have better equipment that will help them continue to provide us with the good service we have come to expect from them.”

An additional $11,106 in local matching funds helped pay for the vehicle.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves

Applications for the next round of grants are due July 31. More information is available at

About LCRA
​The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the 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

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