Presenter: Ann Bright

Commission Agenda Item No. 12
Action
Request for Representation Regarding Property Partition - Tom Green County
San Angelo Regional Office Complex
November 5, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff will be asking the Commission for authority to request representation from the Office of the Attorney General in seeking to partition of the property on which TPWD's San Angelo Regional Office Complex is located.

II. Discussion: By deed dated September 1, 1928, eleven individuals transferred 60 acres of real property in Tom Green County to the Game, Fish and Oyster Commission of Texas, the predecessor of TPWD. The deed stated that the property was to be used "for the construction, erection, maintenance and operation of a State Fish Hatchery." The deed further stated that "if after the establishment of such Hatchery at any time within the future said premises be abandoned for Fish Hatchery purposes for as long a term as one year then this grant shall cease and terminate and said premises shall revert to the grantors hereof, their heirs, legal representatives and assigns."

The property has not been used for a fish hatchery since 2001, at the latest. In 1990, in 2004 and in 2007, TPWD staff attempted to locate heirs of the original grantees. In 2007, the Commission authorized staff to purchase the reversion interests from heirs of the original grantors. As a result of these efforts, TPWD has purchased or received donations of at least some portion of the reversion interests from the heirs of 6 of the original 11 grantors. TPWD has been unsuccessful in locating all of the heirs of the original grantors.

III. Recommendation: TPWD staff recommends that the Commission authorize staff to request representation by the Office of the Attorney General in seeking to partition the property . Staff recommends that the TPW Commission approve the following motion:

"The Executive Director is authorized to request the Office of the Attorney General to initiate a partition action regarding the property on which the TPWD Regional Headquarters Complex is located in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas."

Attachments - 3

  1. Exhibit A - Location Map
  2. Exhibit B - Vicinity Map
  3. Exhibit C - Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 12
Exhibit A

Location Map
Tom Green County

Location of Tom Green County in relation to the State of Texas

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ann Bright.


Commission Agenda Item No. 12
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map
San Angelo, Texas

Location of regional headquarters in relation to the city of San Angelo, TX

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ann Bright.


Commission Agenda Item No. 12
Exhibit C

Site Map
San Angelo Fish Hatchery Property

Location of San Angelo Fish Hatchery in relation to TPWD Game Warden Office

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ann Bright.


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