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County prepares to sell Reily Building

 

By Greg Peak
polknews@gmail.com

LIVINGSTON – With its only tenant relocating to another county-owned building, plans to sell the M.G. Reily Humanitarian Building in Corrigan moved forward Tuesday when Polk County Commissioners agreed to contract with a realtor to sell the structure. In March the last tenant, the Corrigan Medical Clinic, was granted lease space in the newer James J. "Buddy" Purvis Health and Human Services Building in Corrigan, freeing commissioners to advance plans to sell the Reily Building, which is also known in Corrigan as the Old Hospital Building. During Tuesday's meeting of the commissioners, County Judge Sydney Murphy explained the county had three options in selling the building including offering it at a public auction, seeking sealed bids or contracting with a licensed real estate broker. When asked for his preference, Pct. 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis, who serves the Corrigan and north Polk County area, recommended hiring a real estate broker. "I just think a broker would be able to market it to a wider area than we could," Purvis said. The other commissioners agreed and authorized Murphy and Purvis to work together to select a broker and to negotiate a contract for the broker to sell the building. Fireworks sale During the meeting, commissioners also authorized the sale of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Polk County during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period. Under the order, the sales will be permitted from Wednesday, May 24, through midnight on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Included in the order is a provision which would immediately cancel the authorization should the Texas Forest Service declare drought conditions would create a fire hazard during the designated holiday period. Landfill report In other business, Mike DeMarco, general manager of Santek Waste Services, presented a report on the county-owned landfill located off FM 942 west of Leggett. Santek currently operates the regional landfill under a contract with the county. DeMarco reported use of the landfill is increasing and during the January to March quarter, it received an average of 436 tons of garbage per month above what came in during the first quarter of 2016. He noted Santek's five convenience centers located throughout the county where citizens can dispose of garbage also have seen a volume increase of 3.31 percent during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period of 2016. He told commissioners at the current rate, the 130-acre landfill site located on the south side of FM 942 has an expected life of just over 41 more years. "That number will come down should the amount of garbage continue to increase," he said. It was noted that the county also owns a 220-acre tract on the north side of FM 942 directly across from the current landfill. While not currently authorized for use as a landfill site, commissioners indicated when the current site begins to approach its capacity, the county plans to seek the permits needed to designate the northern acreage for such use. Other business During the meeting, commissioners also: • Received the annual activity report from Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Pitts, who said his department is in the process of finalizing the Mitigation Action Plan. "We are at the final stages and are pulling all the details together," he said. • Reappointed Murphy and Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet to their current positions on the Deep East Texas Council of Government's board.

 

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