By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – In its third meeting of 2019, the Tyler County Commissioners Court met and tackled its agenda in a short, succinct manner, clocking in at 20 minutes, as County Judge Jacques Blanchette noted.
One of the items on Monday morning’s agenda concerned the transfer of ownership of a five-ton military grade dump truck from the office of Pct. 2 Constable John Fuller to the City of Chester. The truck, according to Fuller, is a 1985 model and has some maintenance issues. He said the city has expressed interest in owning the truck and will take care of the maintenance and insurance on it. Fuller added that if at any time the vehicle is needed by Pct. 2 Commissioner Stevan Sturrock, the city would have no problem allowing him to use it.
Blanchette said through the years Tyler County has benefited from the ability to procure military equipment, but for record-keeping, all of the purchases must come through the court prior to acquisition by a precinct or county department. Commissioners approved the transfer.
In other business, commissioners voted to approve the authorization for submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant for fiscal year 2019-2020. Lesley Waxman of David J. Waxman Inc. was on hand to speak about the process. “[The resolution] is saying that you’re authorizing us to submit an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture. You are not putting up any money…it also gives you the authority to sign all documents associated with this grant,” she said.
The CDBG grant, according to Blanchette, is for the amount of $275K.
Blanchette put the resolution in the form of a motion and was seconded by Pct.1 Commissioner Martin Nash.
The commissioners also voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Tyler County Special Utility District, which was previously known as the Tyler County Water Supply Corporation. The agreement was needed, Blanchette said, because the SUD wishes to proceed with a CDBG application which will go through a committee appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott, and which Nash is a member.
The agreement authorizes Blanchette, on behalf of the court, to award the grant money, if the SUD is found favorable to receive funds from the grant, if it is awarded to the county.
Resolution passed in support of Alabama-Coushatta tribe
Blanchette said the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Polk County are being discriminated against in their fight to maintain the Naskila Gaming center. The commissioners voted to approve a new resolution in support of the tribe.
The new resolution in support of the tribe reflects the desire for them to be granted the same rights to have a gaming center on their land as the Kickapoo and Yselta de sur Pueblo tribes of Del Rio and El Paso, respectively.
“We stand against any discrimination that would prevent them from exercising the same privileges that have been provided the aforementioned tribes,” Blanchette read from the resolution.