County commissioners OK business incentive program

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 7/15/21

Wood County Commissioners approved a resolution providing for a program for the development of incentives in accordance with Chapter 381 of the Texas Local Government Code. 

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Wood County Commissioners approved a resolution providing for a program for the development of incentives in accordance with Chapter 381 of the Texas Local Government Code. 

Wood County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Christoph Trahan addressed the commissioners concerning the resolution.

“In this program the five members of the commissioners court will be able to, on a case by case basis, consider direct incentives for new expanding businesses in Wood County. These programs give us the opportunity to develop a wide variety of incentive packages we can leverage against performance agreements,” Trahan explained “We will have strict performance standards ranging from full-time job creation to capital investment targeted tax base expansion. It gives us the opportunity to explore options as we move to the future.”

Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement between the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to provide recovery support services for individuals who meet the criteria of using or misusing opioids and or stimulants.

In other business commissioners approved a request from the Information Technology Dept. to increase the budget $125,000 to address security upgrades. The requested funds are for computer equipment, $75,000; computer software, $20,000; and professional services, $30,000.

Two public hearings were set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. concerning a revision of lots 65, 66, 67, Section 1 of Holly Lake Ranch Subdivision and also Lots C and D, Holly Lake Ranch Subdivision. 

Commissioners approved the revision of lots 358, 359, and 360, Section 9, Holly Lake Ranch Subdivision and the revision to make two separate lots of Lot 22, Block 1 of the Golden Acres Subdivision. 

Three personnel matters were approved: hiring Evan Patrick in Precinct 1 as temporary help, pay raise for Wesley Steel as a road tech in Precinct 3 from $19.89 per hour to $21.29 per hour and the resignation of Gerald Peace as temporary help in Precinct 3.

Commissioners approved payroll at $384,382 and health and dental at $82,777.