By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Commissioners Court breezed through a short agenda at its first December meeting last Thursday morning. The meeting was postponed a day from its usual Wednesday date due to Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to recognize Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning in memory of President George H.W. Bush, and all county offices were closed.
One of the items on the agenda slated for informational purposes concerned the agreement between the Tyler County Collection Center and Local Sanitation. The agreement awarded Local Sanitation the contract to operate the collection center, and Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Walston brought the court up to date on where the licensing process was. Walston, who holds the current license to operate the facility, said that Local Sanitation has to obtain the same license from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in order to operate it.
Walson found out from TCEQ that Local Sanitation will be able to operate the collection center under the existing license for a 90-day window while they work to obtain it.
Walston said an agreement was drawn up by Michael Risinger which allows Local Sanitation to operate the facility under the current license until it can obtain its own.
Equipment lease topic tabled
One item on the agenda concerned the lease of a Caterpillar 12M3 motor grader for Precinct 2. Rusty Hughes, commissioner of the precinct, motioned to table the item. The piece of equipment is under lease for the precinct and will expire. Hughes’ successor, Stevan Sturrock, has expressed interest in moving forward with a different brand in the next budget year, according to County Judge Jacques Blanchette, and the topic is tabled until more information and clarification is obtained.
• Commissioners accepted the financial statements from the eight emergency service districts within the county. County Auditor Jackie Skinner reported that she reviewed all of the statements and they were all in accordance.
• The appointment for a replacement for Robyn Summerlin for the Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation Board was passed on pending finding a replacement. Summerlin, who served on the board for six years, will retire at the end of the year.