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Low Bids Approved for Fouke Water

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Meeting in regular session on Friday, April 20th, Wood County Commissioners Court dispatched a 23 item agenda.

Ronnie Robertson, manager of Fouke Water Supply said that Underground Utilities of Longview had submitted the low bid of $112,131 for materials to fulfill the STEP Community Development Grant to bring water to homes needing water service. Bruce Construction of Lone Oak submitted the low bid for the work, at $15,488.

The commissioners also heard a request on behalf of Carl Wilson to set a date for a public hearing to consider relocating a portion of CR 1423 near Lake Quitman on property owned by Wilson. His attorney, Ben Kerr III gave the court a copy of the proposed change and told the commissioners that the work would be done at the cost of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The commissioners approved May 18th as the date for the public hearing. It was noted that the Wilson's would need to build the new section before the old portion could be closed.

The commissioners also approved the proposed subdivision, The Cove at Lake Fork, in Pct. 1, after it was determined that the OSSF planning materials met the minimum standards of the Sabine River Authority, which may allow the installation of certain on site sewage facility systems.

The office of the district attorney also asked the commissioners to approve three resolutions for FY 2007-2008 - a VCGL grant application and an OVAG grant application, both related to Victim Services projects. The third was a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) grant application to acquire a Family Service Prosecutor for the county. The position and associated office costs total $65,570 with the county required to match 35 percent of this - about $27,000. The commissioners voted to support these grant applications.

The commissioners also voted to approve a resolution to submit a Bullet Proof Vest Program Grant. The sheriff's department was represented by Deputy Chief Debbie Foster who told the court that the department has been participating in this program since 1999. She said the vests can "run between $500 to $600 a piece." She said the vests are much needed as they can save someone's life. She added that it's hard to pass the vests along following resignations or job changes because each vest must be custom fitted to the individual officer.

County Auditor Becky Burford opened road oil and oil mix bids and read them to the commissioners. Action on these was tabled. On another agenda item, commissioners approved the opening of bulk fuel bids in the auditor's office during an open meeting to be held on May 17th.

Commissioners also approved a proclamation designating the week of July 1st through 4th as The American Family Reunion week and a resolution declaring April 2007 as Fair Housing Month in Wood County.

In other business, commissioners approved interlocal agreements between Wood County and entities contracting for the May 12th election. (cities and school districts).

They also approved the report from Constable Steve Bowser, the monthly treasurer's report for December 2006, as well the county payroll, medical claims and a budget amendment. In the personnel area, Michael Lynn Wood has been placed in the deputy sheriff position left by Clayton Huntley, and in the treasurer's office, Kathy Lutonsky has been promoted to the post of senior assistant.

All commissioners were present. The meeting was chaired by Pct. 3 Commissioner Roger Pace as County Judge Bryan Jeanes was absent due to a recent oral surgery.



Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2009 17:12  

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