Atascosa County will soon be seeing some offices occupying what was formerly the Leming School. Growth in the county has caused more need for office space.
Atascosa County Auditor Ray Samson said, “The Pleasanton Independent School District gave Atascosa County the property. We spent approximately $300,000.00 on this. We looked over the whole location and it is a respectable piece of property and will be beneficial for years and years.”
Lonnie Gillespie, Atascosa County Commissioner, Precinct 1, said, “We’ll have a Sheriff’s Office Substation and training office located here. The Emergency Management and Fire Marshal offices will be occupants.
“The Extension Office has already moved to this former Leming School location.
“J W Hughes did some dirt work at the property at an area that was getting flooded at times and there were some drainage issues. There are convenient sidewalks between offices. The parking lot has been refinished and a big driveway has been built coming into the property. There will be an electric gate at that entrance for easy opening of gates in the morning.
“The whole campus is ADA approved now. If anybody comes through any of the gates, they can wheelchair themselves around and go anywhere on the campus now. The auditorium is accessible by ADA standards now and a ramp has been put in as a convenience.
“We put a brand new roof on the storage building and on the front mantra to the auditorium. It was in bad shape from the little twister that came through awhile back. Those were among the first things done on the property. We did have to do some roof repair on the cafeteria and wing B.” outside has been mostly cosmetic. There was painting, fixing and so forth. Brand new windows were installed on the two side wings on the auditorium. They were in shambles and needed new windows.
“We left all of the awnings that are above the sidewalks. We figured that would be good so people could move around without getting drenched when it rains.”
Comm. Gillespie said, “This property was deeded to us ‘lock, stock and barrel’. I figured that it was worth it to us – then we could spend money on it and we budgeted about $308,000.00 on it.”
Auditor Samson said, “We haven’t gone over budget yet, it’s coming close but it’s turned out really well. We’re going to be getting a lot of money back on what we spent on now. It’s going to last a long time.”