South Orient Railroad to Roll Again

The long-dormant South Orient Railroad through Alpine will start service soon from San Angelo to Presidio and through Alpine, Mayor Avinash Rangra said in his opening remarks at the Alpine city council meeting Tuesday.

Rangra learned about the plan at a meeting he attended this month in San Angelo, he said.

The train would carry sand and other products, and could possibly be used to carry pipe for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline being planned from the Waha Hub near Coyanosa to near Presidio to meet with a Mexican line that would carry natural gas into the interior of Mexico.

The council had a public hearing Tuesday on the $11.58 million budget for 2014-15 and the proposed tax rate of 53.85 cents per $100 valuation, unchanged from last year.

No one spoke at the hearing on the tax rate but two citizens spoke on the budget and another complained about residents being asked to trim weeds on property adjacent to their homes.

Joseph Goldman asked if the budget were the same thing as the five-year plan. City Manager Erik Zimmer said they are not the same. The five-year plan lays out expected capital needs for the next five years while the budget enumerates expenses anticipated in the coming year, he said.

Goldman started to comment on the five-year plan but was told the hearing was on the budget and the comments were out of order.

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