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Public comments portion added to commissioners court

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Commissioners Court added a public comments section for its regular meetings. The new addition was introduced during Monday morning’s meeting by County Judge Jacques Blanchette.

Blanchette went over the protocol for members of the public who wish to make comments at meetings. Anyone wishing to comment on a particular issue (or issues) before the court must fill out a form, which will be available prior to the meeting from the county clerk, Blanchette’s office or on the county’s website. The comments are limited to a maximum of five minutes per participant, or 30 minutes total on a singular topic for more than one speaker.

Blanchette handed out a list of the rules of procedure, conduct and decorum at meetings to the commissioners for review. These were adopted by way of an agenda item.

Union Church discussed
Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Marshall spoke about a topic which he has fielded questions and concerns from Doucette area residents. The Doucette Union Church, which has long been in disrepair and inactive, is registered by the Texas Historical Commission as a historic site. Several residents have expressed concern at the condition of the building, Marshall said, particularly the risk it poses to children who might play inside it.

Marshall said the church has not been used in years, but the historic designation from the state and the concern of residents necessitate action. He asked the court for approval on seeking legal counsel on the matter, and suggested the residents hold a town hall meeting to discuss the issue.

Courthouse project updates
Under the standing agenda item for updates on the courthouse remediation project, Kay Timme reported some recent findings and progress to the court. She said the LaBiche firm who are serving as the project’s preservation architects, are continuing to communicate with the state historical commission.

“They are making progress, item-by-item, as to what they are approved to do,” she said. Timme said she is confident the firm will have all the required work completed in a timely matter, which will meet the project’s deadlines put forth by THC.

Other Business
The commissioners also approved the following items during Monday’s meeting:
• A mutual aid agreement between the county and DETCOG for the coming fiscal year was approved. The aide is for assistance in the event of disasters.
• Commissioners approved an interview process to fill the vacancy for the county’s Veterans Service Officer.

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