Commissioners start process for voter registration building

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County commissioners have taken another step toward the construction of a voter registration center across from the courthouse.
Commissioners agreed to solicit bids for a construction manager at risk.
The new building will include the voter registration center, early voting meeting room and new information technology (IT) offices, Precinct Four Commissioner Russell Acker said.
Bids will be published Oct. 24 and 31, opened on Nov. 13 and awarded on Nov. 16.
“Once we settle on who’s going to oversee the project and they can go out for bids with their subcontractors and we should hope to start the building,” Acker said.
Commissioners also approved solicitation of bids to purchase a pre-owned tractor for the four road and bridge precincts. Bids will be published in the newspaper Oct. 10 to 17, opened on Oct. 24 and awarded on Nov. 2.
The county also approved an application for a Walmart Community Grant to fund equipment and training aides for K9 officers.
In other business:
A resolution for bonds to be issued by Tarrant County Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation on behalf of CHRISTUS Health to upgrade CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Winnsboro was approved by the court. Funds will only be given if the bonds are approved in the upcoming election in Tarrant County.
Commissioners approved the new subdivision at Lake Fork, Leafy Branch Estates II. It has six lots; however, several lots are less than one acre. Acker said septic permits cannot be approved for plots less than an acre. He told the court those lots would not have septic permits.
The week of Oct. 7 to 13 was proclaimed National 4-H Week. Presiding over the court in the absence of County Judge Bryan Jeanes, Precinct Two Commissioner Jerry Gaskill read the proclamation and the commissioners took a photo with local 4-H participants.
Out-of-state travel for Shaniqua Davis, Wood County agriculture/ natural resources agent, regarding professional development from May 5 to 9 was approved.
Fiscal year 2019 library services contracts for the libraries in Alba, Hawkins, Quitman and Mineola was approved.
FY 2019 fire marshal interlocal agreements and EMC interlocal agreements were both approved for annual renewal for the county.
FY 2019 animal control interlocal agreements were approved for annual renewal for the City of Mineola.Court approved the FY 2019 Wood County Title IV-E Agreement, which gives money for the Wood County Child Welfare board, for its annual renewal. FY 2019 Texas Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) was approved for annual renewal. Texas VINE gives state reimbursement for victim notification system at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.Justice AV Solutions agreement for FY 2019 was approved for maintenance of the camera equipment in the county commission room.
Road permit #2168 for logging in precinct two was approved.
Commissioners Court meeting dates for FY 2019, holidays and payroll dates in 2019 were approved.
Payroll of $324,363.02 was approved. A line-item transfer of $9,520 was made in the criminal district attorney’s office. Part-time salaries and temporary visiting judge/ court reporter funds were moved to travel and associated dues. Health and dental claims of $105,248.58, accounts payable of $636,796.67 and voided checks were approved.
In the elections office, Carol Foster and Grace Biggs were hired temporarily from Oct. 2 through Nov. 16 to assist with the upcoming November election. Wood County Sheriff’s Office hired Jeremy Netherland and Jessica Otto as jailers. Nita Petty resigned from the clerk II position at the district attorney’s office. Ray Peavy has hired temporarily from Sept. 17 through March 17 under Precinct Three Commissioner Mike Simmons. Jimmy Spears, road tech under Acker, received a salary increase. Makayla Harrell was hired temporarily from Oct. 1 through May 17 under County Auditor Terri Sellars.

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