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Wood County Commissioners Court

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Meeting in regular session Friday, May 14, Wood County Commissioners renewed supplier contracts for gasoline and diesel fuel, for road oil and for road oil mix. The court also approved plans for a seven-lot subdivision and held a public hearing regarding a proposed flood damage prevention ordinance.
Two prospective suppliers submitted bids to provide bulk fuel to each of the four precincts and to the Sheriff's Department. Winkle Oil, Winnsboro, the current supplier was low bidder and was approved as the supplier. Beckat Oil & Fuel, Tyler was the other bidder. Under the contract, Non-Ethanol unleaded gasoline and both low sulphur and #1 diesel fuel are delivered to five storage tanks in the county. The winning bid by Winkle did not have a conflict-of-interest statement, but one is on file and the commissioners made the bid selection conditional upon receipt of a new statement.
The contract for road oil was awarded to current supplier through the renewal of a contract with BASA Resources, Inc. Three changes to the contract were approved by commissioners. First, the selling price will be calculated on the day the product is picked up by Wood County rather than the order date as is in the current contract. Second, there will be no third party haulers. Wood County must pick up the road oil. And, the third contract change involves the use of the NYMEX quote for crude oil. A contract for road oil mix was renewed with Wood County Asphalt, Ltd., Longview.
Commissioners approved plans for the development of "New Hope Estates," a seven-lot subdivision in precinct-2.
A comprehensive flood damage prevention ordinance was adopted after a public hearing which drew no comments from the public. The ordinance deals primarily with the use and development of property such as providing for protection against flood damage at initial construction, control of the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels and natural protective barriers; control of the filling, grading, dredging and other development and the prevention or regulation of construction of flood barriers which will unnaturally divert flood waters or may increase flood hazards to other lands. The primary Control is a permitting requirement to be secured prior to development in a floodplain. The county judge is identified as administrator of the ordinance which also provides for an appeals board.
In other action the court approved:
- a two-week County payroll of $284,598.20.
- claims and payments totaling $225,778.78.
- employee and family health care claims of $37,177.88.
- proclamation designating the month of May as "Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month" in Wood County.
- constable activity reports for all four precincts.
- right of entry permit for private property in Precinct 4.
- lease agreement with EagleSoftware System covering equipment and service for bar code label printer for the County Clerk's office.
- County Treasurer's reports for first three months of 2010 and first quarter of year.
Personnel actions include:
- Robert G. Ballard, new hire, deputy sheriff, WCSO, $17.64/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.