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Wood County Commissioners Court

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Meeting in regular session Thursday, April 1, Wood County Commissioners renewed the annual contract with the Upper Sabine Valley Solid Waste Management District and presented Wood County Historical Society with a Texas Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award. The Court also adopted three proclamations; citing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and County Government Month and April 27 as Conservation Day.
In approving the renewal of the contract with the Upper Sabine Valley Solid Waste Management District, commissioners raised fees for services such as payroll, accounting and tax collection by five percent.
Lou Mallory and several members of the Wood County Historical Commission were on hand for the presentation of the State distinguished service recognition by the Court. WCHC was cited for "demonstrating a dedication to several of the Texas Historical Commission's programs as well as preservation efforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history.
Commissioners approved extension of dental insurance Cobra buy-in for retirees and others leaving county employment. The Cobra rate is $25 per month for the employee and $48.88 for family dental coverage.
Commissioners also discussed changes to the subdivision regulations relating to when the county would accept roads serving new subdivisions into county maintenance. Commissioner Roger Pace, Precinct-3, said he believes the length of time should be extended to up to four years after approval of a subdivision. Commissioner Jerry Gaskill would like to see the Court consider a formula based on the number or percentage of lots sold and/or homes built. There was no consensus reached, so the commissioners voted to table the issue and take it up in a workshop. Also tabled and set for a workshop session was consideration of changes related to FEMA's National Flood Insurance program.
Commissioners also approved and order of exemption from inscription requirements for county owned vehicles. The order is necessary to obtain under cover license plates as necessary.
In other action the court approved:
- a two-week County payroll of $287,499.53.
- claims and payments totaling $249,479.92.
- employee and family health care claims of $41,718.15.
- 2009 racial profiling report by Precinct-3 Constable.
Personnel actions include:
- Sarah K. Gilbreath, retirement, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, effective March 31, 2010.
- John Brandon Byers, promotion to Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, $55,000/year.
- Michael E. Anderson, temporary lake employee, Precinct-3 R&B, $9.00/hour.
- Robert Benjamin Mayberry, temporary lake employee, Precinct-4 R&B, $9.00/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.