Cotulla is growing at a record rate and city officials say the population there has more than doubled since the last census. And while the traffic may be a headache to some city officials say it's brining more opportunities in the form of grant money for the small town. “The census believes we are at 3600 I believe we are closer to seven or ten thousand.” Cotulla city officials say the population boom came right after the last census was taken all thanks to the oil and natural gas gold mine discovered in South Texas. “It’s grown humongous its unbelievable able cause I grew up here so it’s quite a change from what I was used to.” The workers bringing lots of noisy traffic, city leaders say is music to their ears. “It’s a challenging time but at the same time it presents great opportunities for the community to establish itself.” Because of all the possibilities now in Cotulla, the city just received an $800,000 grant to expand its water system. Making way for more development in this northwest part of town. “We’re in the process of annexing that particular area and have a series of commercial development that are going on.” More water lines and infrastructure equals more businesses. “That we will create what we believe is 150 jobs.” “It makes me feel good to know that we're growing.” People here say they welcome the opportunities while they last. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. City officials say it was obtained with the help of Congressman Henry Cuellar.