by Tina S. Richards
The regularly scheduled meetings for the Tyler County Commissioners Court were held on Monday, December 9, 2013, and Friday, December 13, 2013. The Court also held a special called meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The combined agendas included the Commissioners taking action on appointments to several county boards, the granting of easements and utility permits, recognizing 47 years of service by the Texas Business Women Association, and accepting a gift, to the County of several pieces of radio equipment from William J. Beattie.
ESD leaders, for the January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015, term, will basically remain the same since the Court approved reappointment of each expiring term but one. They accepted the resignation of Jamey Wilkens as ESD #7 Commissioner and appointed Dennis Moffett to fill the vacancy. The Court also re-appointed Cody Jarrott, Mary Cryer, and Mary Lou Jeans for the January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015, term on the Tyler County Hospital Board of Managers.
The Court granted a sanitary easement for Seneca Water Corporation for an area that will front two of their well sites. Referencing the Tyler County Road Right of Way for construction of an underground utility line, the Court also approved a utility permit for A.T. & T. that will affect an area close to the Woodville Health and Rehab facility.
The local association of Texas Business Women was recognized by the Court for 47 years of service to the local community. Noting the success of their scholarship program, the Court expressed a heartfelt thank you for all of the past and future endeavors of the group.
Dr. William J. Beattie officially presented the Court with the gift of one 2 meter/70cm Amateur Radio antenna and associated radio frequency coaxial cable and frequency connectors currently located on the Sheriff's Department radio tower located at Doucette. The equipment enables a link to exist between volunteer ham radio operators and existing Law Enforcement and Emergency Agencies to coordinate relief efforts during emergency situations.
In other business the Court started the process of applying for a County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant through TxDOT. If awarded the grant the County would receive approximately $400,000 in funds. The Court also retained the law firm of Allison-Bass to assist the County in the grant writing process. The attorneys' fees, of $5,000, will hopefully be recovered from the grant proceeds.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for Commissioners Court will be Monday, January 13, 2014 and Friday, January 17, 2014. The County's offices will be closed Monday January 20, 2014 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.