LCRA, Giddings award $9,891 grant for Fletcher House updates

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LCRA and City of Giddings representatives present a $9,891 grant to Lee County for updates to the Fletcher House. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Kate Holman, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; Ricky Jorgensen, City of Giddings city manager; Denice Harlan, Chamber of Commerce executive director; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; and Paul E. Fischer, Lee County judge.

Updates to the Fletcher House soon will be possible thanks to a $9,891 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Giddings.

Lee County will use the grant, with a matching contribution of $2,473, to install two new air-conditioning units and gutters on the historic Fletcher House in downtown Giddings. In addition to housing the Chamber of Commerce office and Visitors Center, the Fletcher House serves as the Lee County Museum.

The Lee County Historical Commission owns the museum contents and changes the displays regularly.

“In order to maintain the artifacts in a condition that will survive for the enjoyment and education for future generations, it is important to follow preservation guidelines,” said Lee County Judge Paul E. Fischer. “The new air-conditioning units will provide appropriate temperature and relative humidity control.”

The new HVAC system also will help reduce pest activity and pollutants.

Judge Fischer said having comfortable temperatures makes the complex a more attractive meeting site. The Fletcher House complex, which includes Eleanor’s Cottage and Roy’s Cottage, can be rented for a variety of public or private events, including bridal showers, baptism luncheons and fundraisers.

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 Giddings 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 Jan. 1-31, 2019. 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; providing 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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