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Wood County Commissioners Court

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Galloway takes the offense against Winnsboro News
By JOHN SPARKS

 "I am offended that my character and integrity are being questioned," stated Commissioner Jerry Galloway in response to an article in the Winnsboro News' June 5th issue. Meeting in regular session Friday, June 13, Galloway's fellow commissioners and Wood County Judge Bryan Jeanes all defended Galloway and his management of the Precinct-4 Road and Bridge crew.

The Winnsboro News called for an investigation of the situation.

The Winnsboro News story was critical of Galloway's decision to clear trees along CR-4930 which the News story claimed were on private property. The story also featured a photo of what the newspaper identified as "county equipment and employees" stacking fallen timbers on the private property. Galloway stated, "We never cleared any land for the landowner or piled any trees or brush for him.

Galloway explained that his crew was indeed clearing trees and working the bar ditch and the back slope of the bar ditch. "The landowner" Galloway said, "had a bulldozer and a backhoe in his employ and he agreed to pile the trees." The landowner was clearing his fence line so a new fence could be built.

"This is a common practice" Galloway said. "We can't always take advantage of these opportunities because of the weather or simply because we don't have the time."

"If the court feels that any further investigation is necessary, then I have nothing to hide. I've done nothing wrong nor have any of my employees." Galloway told the court. "We were doing our job, working in county right of way, so the question before the court today is, does the county have the right to work in its own right of way?"

All three of the other commissioners and Judge Jeanes came to Galloway's defense and there was no further discussion or action regarding the News' call for an "investigation."

In another matter related to Precinct-4, Galloway sought an answer to why Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is not among the preferred providers in the county's health care insurance program. A representative of the firm managing the program said that Presbyterian was invited to be a provider but that Presbyterian declined to accept the rate structure. Another contact will be made with Presbyterian to seek a reversal of their original decision.

During the public comment period, Wanda Garrett's dedication to the care and maintenance of the Court House and grounds was praised by James Attaway, resident and attorney.

In other action the court approved:
- payroll of $254,847.95.
- employee/dependent health claims of $27,344.
- claims of $557,177.60.
- held public hearing re: proposed revision of Lone Oak Ranch subdivision and approval of the revision involving a 30-acre tract within the subdivision.
- $350 payment for pauper burial expenses (Beaty)
- monthly constable reports for Precinct-1 and 3 .
- tabling of an agenda item concerning revision of County Lake Rules regarding prohibition of dogs on beaches and in parking areas.
Personnel actions taken at the meeting included:
- David Shannon Barkley, Timothy Edward Baucom, James Paul Carter and Gregory Ray Couch, new hires, deputy sheriff(s), WCSO, $16.31/hour.
- Barbara Annell Rowland, retirement, administrative secretary/court secretary, County Judge's office.
- Kari Ka Perkins, promotion, from secretary III to administrative secretary/court administrator, County Judge's office, from $13.26/hour to $14.67/hour.
- Maria Irma Devine, new hire, secretary III, County Judge's office, $12.82/hour.
- Krisha Joy Bledsoe, temporary seasonal hire, public facilities maintenance, County Judge's office, $9.00/hour.
- Barbara Ann Humphreys, resignation, deputy clerk, district clerk's office.
- Bobby Harill Mathis, new hire, temporary lake keeper, Precinct-2, $9.00/hour.
- Ricky Dale Sanders, seasonal temporary hire, Precinct-2 R&B, $9.00/hour.
- Larry D. Berry, seasonal temporary hire, Precinct-3 R&B, $9.00/hour.
- James Turner, salary increase, juvenile probation officer, juvenile probation department, from $30,000 to $30,900/annually.
- Jerrie Wilbanks, new hire, part-time, auto deputy, Tax Assessor/Collector's office, $9.00/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hours public notice

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 16:01  

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