County hires administrator for ARP funds

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 10/7/21

Wood County commissioners approved hiring GrantWorks to provide project-related administration services to aid the county in spending the $8.8 million to be received from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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County hires administrator for ARP funds

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Wood County commissioners approved hiring GrantWorks to provide project-related administration services to aid the county in spending the $8.8 million to be received from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Rev. Demethrius Boyd was on hand at Tuesday’s meeting to honor St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Mineola as the church celebrates its 150th anniversary. St. Paul is the oldest church in Mineola.

UT Health Quitman CEO Jared Smith made a presentation highlighting what he has recently presented to Quitman and Mineola city council members concerning the need for funds at the hospital. Smith said the county and cities are receiving $10.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

UT Health Quitman is seeking $1.2 million total from the cities and county. The funds are needed for healthcare staffing for Wood County patients. UT Health East Texas System cannot absorb the $52 million negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.2 million would still leave the cities and county $9.2 million.

Wood County Prec. 2 Constable Kelly Smith presented a pair of resolutions which were approved. One was to create a canine memorial garden at the justice center to honor canines that have served the county in law enforcement. The memorial will be funded through donations, not the county. Smith also received approval of a resolution to be able to accept donations of $500 or less.

In personnel actions, commissioners approved hiring Joshua O’Grady as lieutenant replacing Robert Holland who is now the chief deputy. Also in the sheriff’s department Jim Rapp and LaDawn McGee switched positions. Rapp returned to patrol while McGee moves back to bailiff at the courthouse. David Brown was discharged from his deputy sergeant position on Sept. 21.

In other personnel matters, John Middleton was hired as a road tech for Prec. 4, Sheila Jones and Sunshine Everett were given salary increases from $18.03 to $19.26 in the district clerk’s office, and Pamela J. Bennett was transferred from part-time temporary to permanent part-time with the Wood County Economic Development Commission.

In other business, commissioners approved a notice of special election for the Nov. 2 constitutional amendment election.

Election day precinct locations are Carroll Green Civic Center in Quitman for Precincts 1-1, 3-1, 4-1 and 4-4; Yantis Community Center for Precinct 1-2; Alba Community Center for Precincts 1-3 and 1-4; Mineola City Hall for Precincts 2-1, 2-2 and 2-3; Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. for Precinct 3-2; Hawkins Community Center for Precinct 3-2; and Winnsboro City Auditorium for Precincts 4-2 and 4-3.

Proclamations included declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month presented by District Attorney Angela Albers.

Commissioners approved a proclamation declaring Oct. 3-9 as National 4-H Week.

In other action commissioners approved the following:

• To advertise for bids on asphalt crude oil.

• Constable reports.

• District clerk technology fund.

• Lake Holbrook house rental agreement.

• Amended plat for Tall Tree Estates in Precinct 1.

• Public hearings for revision of lots in Holly Lake Ranch Subdivision.