The company has now given Apex citizens nearly 20,000 reasons to reconsider that viewpoint.
A contingent of town officials, business leaders and Motiva representatives gathered last Thursday at Apex Jaycee Park for a check presentation and groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground.
Motiva is paying the $19,741 bill for the playground, much to the delight of Mayor Pro Tem Bryan Gossage who orchestrated the deal.
Although the company’s fuel storage facility on Ten-Ten Road is located just outside of town limits, Gossage said Motiva has shown its commitment to becoming an important member of the community. “With a contribution this size, it says they are going to be a part of Apex,” said Gossage. “We want to recognize them for that.”
Gossage said the donation takes on added importance when considering the town’s tight budget during these difficult economic times.
“Resources are scarce,” said Gossage.
He pointed out that hundreds of families would now have a playground within walking distance of their homes, which only could have occurred with Motiva’s generosity.
Ken Watson, manager of the Motiva facility, said the company was pleased to have the opportunity to show its support for the Apex community.
He added that Motiva was glad to help “make a dream a reality” by funding the project.
Citizens for Apex Parks Chairperson Angela Reincke accepted the check on behalf of the community. She called the contribution a “wonderful opportunity” to give the children of Apex “something new and exciting.”
The playground should be completed by mid-July.
In February, town council voted 3-2 to allow Motiva to build an additional fuel storage tank on its property. The 3.4 million-gallon tank increases storage capacity at the site by 60 percent.
The storage site, which has been in operation for nearly 50 years along the Apex-Cary border, opened decades before any residential homes were built in that area.
Yet, many nearby Cary and Apex residents raised objections about the expansion and cited numerous concerns during the five-hour town council meeting.