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Wood County Commissioners Court

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Meeting in regular session Friday, March 19, Wood County Commissioners heard a proposal from East Texas Council of Governments which would bring broadband service to Wood County and the other 13 member counties of ETCOG. Wood County 4-H also presented its annual activities update to the Court.
David Cleveland, executive director of the East Texas Council of Governments asked commissioners for a commitment of $42,000 in grass support matching funds to bring the latest in broadband infrastructure technology throughout Wood County and the East Texas area. Cleveland said the organization, which represents 14 counties in east Texas, will be submitting a grant application and business plan March 15 for funds made available through the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Cleveland estimated the value of the grant at $20-to-$40-million.
The grant funds would be used to bring broadband connectivity and services to remote, rural, un-served and underserved portions in East Texas. This broadband project is being undertaken to spur service competition, to spur small/local business job creation, to generate greater use of E-commerce, for national and global trading enterprises and enhanced employment opportunities local residents and citizens.
The Wood County 4-H annual report was presented to commissioners by 4-H members Colby Finch and Jana Monk. Among activity highlights this past year: There are 152 members in Wood County 4-H many of whom have participated in several major livestock shows with member Trevor King winning a $10,000 at the San Antonio Livestock Show. The Club also hosted the first of what is hoped will be an annual Youth Horse Show. Twenty-eight 4-Hers participated in the County Food Show while 11 members participated in a district Entomology contest with the team winning first and Elise Woodruff wining high individual. 4-H members also participated in community service activities including; highway clean-up, assisted with fishing tournaments, helped Salvation Army prepare Thanksgiving meal for needy, prepared treats for veterans on Veteran's' Day, rang Salvation Army bells, prepared gift boxes for Caring & Sharing, decorated pumpkins for local businesses, made Valentines for nursing home residents and collected can goods for the COME House. The spokespersons also thanked commissioners for their continuing support of the Wood County 4-H.
Commissioners approved the proposed for sale listing on E-Bay of a Caterpillar Motor Grader from Precinct-4 and a Caterpillar 924F rubber tire loader from Precinct-2.
In other action the court approved:
- a two-week County payroll of $287,410.58.
- claims and payments totaling $547,773.72.
- employee and family health care claims of $40,773.56.
- appointment of E. Richard Crowell, of Holly Lake Ranch to the board of Emergency Services District-1, replacing Zoli Czigany.
- 2009 racial date report by the Wood County Sheriff.
- renewal of tax exemption for Lake Country Playhouse, Inc.
- disaster declaration request to Governor Rick Perry due to excessive rain.
Personnel actions include:
- Carol Denson, Barbara Thompson, end of service, temporary election workers, $9.00/hour.
- Paula Bailey, new hire, part-time, Tax Assessor/Collector, $9.00/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.