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Commissioners vote no to fireworks restrictions

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – At its Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting, the Tyler County Commissioners Court met and discussed several items which ranged from fireworks to approving the purchase of heavy equipment.

Commissioners met a day earlier than usual due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

One item on the agenda was to decide whether or not to issue an order restricting certain fireworks for the period for fireworks sales during the

Christmas and New Year holiday season, from Dec. 20 through Jan. 1, 2019. The commissioners voted to not issue the restricting order.

In another item on the agenda, commissioners approved the starting procurement for the fiscal year 2019 county development block grant funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The funds were allocated for engineering and administration projects throughout the county.

A committee was appointed to rate statements of qualifications and requests for proposals concerning the monies. The committee consists of County Auditor Jackie Skinner, Pct. 3 Commissioner Mike Marshall and Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette.

Commissioners approved the purchase of some heavy equipment for Pct. 1. Commissioner Martin Nash spoke about the need for a new Kubota tractor and a John Deere backhoe for his precinct, which will be purchased from Beaumont Tractor and Doggett Machinery Services in Lufkin, respectively.

The tractor will be purchased with funding through the NJPA and the backhoe through the Buy Board.

Resignation from TGCD accepted
Commissioners accepted the resignation of Robyn Summerlin from the Texas Groundwater Conservation District Board for the term ending on Dec. 31.

The court tabled appointing a replacement and Blanchette noted that TGCD recommended that Summerlin’s replacement be an employee from a municipal water system.

Re-appointments to ESD Boards
Commissioners approved the re-appointments of the following board members for the county Emergency Service Districts. B.A. Smith; Joe McIntyre; Lana Cox; Henry Sawyer, Sr.; Karl Hammond; Royce Hill; Betty Zimmerman; Rodney Krebs; Matt Mentzel; Herbert D. Odom; Johnny Lee Page; Raymond Holland; Roger Harvill; Roy Chad Eddins; Jim Fitzgerald; John Ard and Art Walton were all re-appointed to serve on the ESD boards. There are eight of the ESDs in the county.

Blanchette said there are three more vacancies on the boards, for ESDs #3, 5 and 6.

 

Other Business
• A bid for sale of the Tyler County Collection Center was awarded to Local Sanitation for $200,000.
• Commissioners discussed and approved an agreement with Allison, Bass and Magee, LLP for a flat rate fixed fee for professional services. The firm will assist county officials in a review of precinct districting.
• Incoming Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe was approved to attend the Justice of the Peace seminar in December. The seminar, which takes place Dec. 2-5 in Galveston, will consist of 20 hours of training events and courses to prepare Jobe for the job.
• The bonds for Blanchette and Lynnette Cruse, County Tax Assessor-Collector, were approved for them to begin serving their new terms in office.

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