Round Top Library Association receives grant from Bluebonnet/LCRA


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Left to right: Jack Elvig, grant writer; Jackie Sacks, Round Top Library Association Board member; Jeanette Schoenst, Round Top Library Association Board secretary; Julie Wantland, Round Top Library Association Board member; Christopher K. Travis, Round Top Library Association co-founder; Barbara Smith, Round Top Library Association Board member; Mark Johnson, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representative; Cheryl Travis, Round Top Library Association Board president/co-founder; Russell Jurk, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Board member; and Karen Rankin, LCRA representative.

The Round Top Library Association will be able to renovate the Rummel House and convert it into an activity center with the help of a $17,500 community development grant. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority provided the grant to pay for repairs and additions to preserve the original structure and make better use of it. The Rummel House was the original Round Top Library, built in 1871-1872 by Carl Bauer, who also built the local Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the historic Schueddemagen house.

“The Rummel House is enjoying more events and visitors as a result of efforts to expand our community programs and beautify the campus,” said Barbara Smith, Round Top Library Association manager. “These renovations will help us meet all of the needs and requests we receive as well as reduce the center’s energy bills.”

The main library has a single room that prevents groups from using it for activities that interrupt normal library functions. The renovation of the Rummel House will relieve scheduling conflicts by enabling groups to participate in activities and events without impacting the library’s regular activities.

This community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 83,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County down to Gonzales County. 

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