Oreo in Fort Bend not just a cookie, but also a pony
By Elsa Maxey
When you hear the word Oreo, the cookie comes to mind. But if you live in Fort Bend County, you may collectively be part owner of a pony by that same name. Last week Fort Bend County Commissioners took action on matters related to security services at the Gordon Ranch, which it purchased earlier this year.
“This and a couple of other items that we are seeing are the result of events that were scheduled prior to the closing on the property and we were obligated to carry it out, but I believe that the organization that utilized that facility paid for this and that money has been transferred to us or is in the process,” Fort Bend County Auditor Robert “Ed” Sturdivant told commissioners.
Should the Gordon Ranch be rented, those funds will be paid to the county, advised County Judge Bob Hebert.
“I will point out for the record that we’re not going to be providing these services as the county,” he said. “If somebody can rent, then we’ll rent the facilities and give them a list of vendors that are approved, and they pick the vendor and contract directly with them.” Judge Hebert further elaborated that the county is getting out of the business of facility rentals.
This is when he informed the public at the meeting that the county owns a pony. “We found out we inherited a small pony named Oreo after the purchase of the Gordon Ranch.” He said the county found a good home for Oreo, “domiciled at another ranch.”
The Gordon Ranch on FM 359 was purchased by Fort Bend County in February. It is a 112-acre camp site valued at about $3.6 million. Fort Bend Green, a 501(c)3, which supports green space projects, facilitated closing the sale by assisting the county with the acquisition of the property in west Fort Bend. This allowed the county to buy it by contributing only $100,000 of its funds.
According to earlier reports, the YMCA will be leasing and managing what is referred to as the park ranch property, which features pavilions, swimming pools, soccer fields and cabins.
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