W.C. Master Gardeners recognized at commissioners meeting

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Wood County Agriculture Agent Clint Perkins and several members of the Wood County Master Gardeners were recognized at Friday’s commissioner’s meeting for their extensive work throughout the county.

“We wanted to showcase our Master Gardener’s Association. As of Dec. 1 their continuing education hours were 2,026 and over 4,000 people reached through our outreach education program,” Perkins said. “We have projects in every precinct. All this is done through volunteers. Wood County Master Gardeners are second to no one in the state. We had a first place for our newsletter at the state awards this year. We had a second place for our educational conference and then, we had the first place Master Gardener of the Year and that was Lynn Grado. They worked their tails off. They volunteered 7,255.5 hours this past year.”

Perkins and the group gave the commissioners a check for $182,475.83 which represents what it would have cost for all the work the master gardeners have done in the past year. “That’s what you would have had to pay them to work that many hours for the citizens of Wood County,” Perkins added. “We could not do the work we do without the support of this commissioner’s court.”

Two agenda items were tabled. Those items were the consideration of a concession agreement at Lake Hawkins and the other concerning an order authorizing the sale of fireworks in December.

In other matters at the short meeting, commissioners:

• approved one personnel action with Jesse L. Rodriquez filling the position of jailer at $18.27 per hour when Joshua Stevenson was promoted to another position;

• approved payroll of $470,034.54; health and dental claims of $78,262.07; Accounts payable $151,545.38; and budget amendments of $23,376.25;

• re-nominated Sherill Johnson, Holly Lake Ranch, and James H. Wagoner, Mineola, to the Emergency Service District. Other members of that board are James Paul Wheeler, Quitman; Elmer Lewis, Holly Lake Ranch and Jerry Hibbs, Holly Lake Ranch;

• set Dec. 29 for a public hearing for the revision of lots 299 and 300, section nine, Holly Lake Ranch and

• approved casting votes for C.K. Baker to the Wood County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

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