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Sulphur board: Sights still set on gas station, site now different

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Where the possibility of a new gas station/convenience store is concerned, Sulphur Springs officials have shifted their thinking – not about attracting the business but on where to put it.

Tuesday night, town board members learned that getting the first site – an acre of ground next to the former bank on the south side of U.S. 36 – won’t work. Officials discovered the land is in a flood plain. Local EDC director Corey Murphy did research into what it would take to change that classification but Town Board President William Dittlinger announced Tuesday the site has been removed from consideration.

“It’s in a flood plain and we can’t do anything about it,” Dittlinger said.

But another site across the road is also available – and it’s not in a flood plain.

The alternative site is on the north side of U.S. 36 in a field just east of the Metal Arts building. Officials already have a purchase agreement ready to go with the landowner, who has made a generous offer to help the town.

“We’re going to order a survey, raise some money and sign a purchase agreement,” Town Council member Kip Jones said Tuesday.

“We do have somebody who will double whatever is given,” Dittlinger added. 

In February, a group of Sulphur Springs business owners and community leaders met with Glen Walker, a sales and marketing representative for Midland Oil Corp., expressing sincere and serious interest in attracting a Sinclair Gas Station / Convenience Store here.

If the business attraction dreams come true, it would give some long-time residents a sense of deja vu. The big green dinosaur – a symbol for Sinclair since it started in 1916 – was once in Sulphur Springs and was a fixture here for more than 50 years.

Electronic speed signs working

Those speed signs on U.S. 36 are apparently helping people put on the brakes as they drive through Sulphur Springs.

At Tuesday’s town board meeting, Marshal Stacey Guffey said the average speed coming into Sulphur Springs was measured as approximately 31 miles per hour. 

“I’ve noticed people trying to slow down and make the sign go from yellow to green as they pass,” Town Board President William Dittlinger said.

Guffey reported the outgoing traffic speed was about 38 miles per hour. But there was one instance where the sign recorded someone racing through town at 119 miles per hour.