Andrea Hinojosa and her helper, Brandon Miles, display a turkey during judging at the Hays County Youth Livestock Expo in 2011. PHOTO by LINCOLN RAMIREZ
Frustrated by university president Denise Trauth’s resistance to building a youth agriculture facility on the Freeman Ranch, supporters of the plan intend to take their case directly to Texas State University System regents when they meet in San Marcos next month.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s not a dead issue yet. They may think it is, but there will be a lot more people weighing in on this subject, at all levels of government,” said Dick Scott, a Wimberley businessman appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Lower Colorado River Authority board in 2009 and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission in 2011.
Scott’s brother, William, is also a gubernatorial appointee: a Texas State University System regent.
“We are not going to go quietly into the good night,” Dick Scott told the San Marcos Mercury late last year.
In December, Trauth signed a letter to county officials detailing what she says are contractual restrictions that make the county’s proposal for the facility legally impossible. Texas State has use of the land under an intricate arrangement that gives the university control, but not ownership, of the property.
“Texas State takes its relationship with donors very seriously. We work hard to ensure that donors’ wishes for their philanthropic gifts to the university are met. Disgruntled donors have the unique ability to thwart future fundraising efforts on our part if we fail in this stewardship responsibility,” Trauth wrote, concluding curtly, “I wish you success in finding an alternative location for a new show barn.”
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