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072822 burn ban

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – Houston County Judge Jim Lovell extended his disaster declaration and burn ban for Houston County at the regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meeting held on Tuesday, July 26. The current ban continues through August 9.

During the session, the Court approved the following motions:

•Hiring of a part-time equipment operator for Precinct 4.

•Declaration of Disaster and Order prohibiting outdoor burning issued by County Judge on June 22, 2022, and extended until August 9, 2022.

•Application request of the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund and Interlocal Agreement with The Loft for the Jarrod Sterrett & The Hired Guns show, which takes place on Sept. 16.

•Expenditure of $3,200 from the Election Surplus Fund to purchase 4 ExpressVote printers for printing ExpressVote Activation cards and approval of Election Judge /Alternate Judges for the 2022-2023 election year.

•Accepting the certified appraisal roll from the Houston County Appraisal District and the total appraised, assessed, and taxable values as calculated by the Tax Assessor-Collector.

•Designation of Laronica Smith, Houston Co Tax Assessor/Collector, to calculate the no-new-revenue and voter-approval tax rate for Houston County for the 2022 tax year.

•Approval of a Houston County Airport hangar lease agreement with John Hudson. The court agreed to set a requirement of $5M in liability insurance and $2M for property insurance.

• Awarding a contract from received bids on the purchase of a used semi truck for hauling for Road & Bridge Precinct 3 toWoods Trucking in Huntsville.

The court also approved several road equipment purchases through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Fund and accepted the donation of a desk from Daphne Session for use in the County Attorney’s office.

Meme Thomas from Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott LLP gave a presentation on how the firm goes about collecting delinquent taxes and explained the breakdown of the percentage of delinquent taxes that have been collected.

In a special court meeting held on July 19, Commissioners voted on several purchases funded by American Rescue Plan Act Grant funds. These included purchasing an Emergency Management Mobile EOC diesel generator in compliance with noise interference with DPS, new utensils and cookware for the county jail kitchen and the purchase of a self-serve fueling terminal for the Houston County Airport to replace the outdated and unreliable current system.

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