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Utility easement approved by court


COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court approved a utility easement along the entrance road for Cape Royale during a regular meeting. Sam Houston Electric Coop is to install underground power lines along Cape Royale Parkway. "I haven't seen the paperwork on that," said Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno, "but the boulevard is a county road. I have no opposition to it, just need to look at it." The motion passed unanimously. Commissioners approved a renewal agreement for the Lexis Nexis Subscription under the Lexis Nexis-Council on Competitive Government master agreement. Under the agreement, the organization will do legal research for the county for a three year contract at a cost of $32 per month for the first year; $34 per month for the second year and $36 per month for the third year. "You can't buy books for that amount," said San Jacinto County Fritz Faulkner. "That's pretty cheap." Referring to the San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney's office, Faulkner said he wasn't sure "how many upstairs use it, but mine is about $17 per month." A contract subscription agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. for financial and judicial software was approved by the court. The court heard presentations from the Tyler group in October, 2013 for the software services which would replace computer software currently used by the county. According to Faulkner it will take about six months to get the software converted and operational. The county plans on borrowing the money at a low interest rate with a payout of about five years. The purchase could cost the county about $360,000. In 1998, the county paid the same organization $250,000 for the software currently being used. According to Faulkner future upgrades will not have to be paid for again and Tyler Technologies will furnish training on the new software at a cost of about $125 per hour "We will be using Cloud remote servers and will not be purchasing anymore hardware," Faulkner said. Although not on the agenda, a representative from the San Jacinto County Boy Scouts told the court that he has been trying to change the local program and get more active and involved in the community. He said the program has grown from 5 members to 15 members and the group is currently planning to have a scrap metal drive for aluminum and for metal. He said a dumpster will be available at Frontier Tractor in which to collect the metals and asked the county for help. "We will research it and see


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