County honors March 2
By Jan White
CROCKETT – During the Houston County Commissioners Court held on Tuesday, Feb.14, Judge Jim Lovell read a proclamation pronouncing March 2 as Texas Independence Day. This year celebrates the 187th Anniversary of the day when fifty-six men met at Washington on the Brazos and declared Texas’ independence from Mexico. Along with the declaration, the court voted to allow retail fireworks permit holders to sell fireworks for celebrating Texas Independence for the period from Feb. 25 through March 2.
Along with approvals for renewed contracts, repairs, and equipment purchases, other items of note were:
The hiring of James Decker as a part-time truck driver and three full-time jailers – Ashton Almeida, Mason King, and Johnny Romo.
Approving the Probationary Cadet Deputy Employment Agreement with Michael W. Molnes.
Changes to the Employee Handbook regarding retiring employees and benefits.
Discharging Joshua Caldwell, recently approved as Houston County Veterans Service Officer, because of scheduling difficulties. The county is seeking a new Service Officer to take his place.
Approved the request for Hotel Occupancy and Tax Funds for the Crockett Lions Club 61st Annual PRCA Rodeo to be held on May 11-13.
The swearing-in of two new child welfare board members, Jenni Shartle, and Gwen Willis.
Melissa Jeter, County Auditor, reported that $3.1 million was spent on roads and bridges in 2022.
Authorization of Todd & Hamaker & Johnson to perform the audit for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.
A lengthy discussion was held regarding allocating the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF), ending with a vote of 25% to go to each Precinct.
Election Administrator Cynthia Lum presented the agenda items, which included the mandatory review of voting precinct lines, the change of Official Voting Precinct Locations for Precincts 1 and 6, the request for an increase in the maximum number of paid hours for election day workers, and rental adjustment for the new electronic voting equipment. Bethel Baptist Church and the Grapeland Event Center (Senior Center) were selected as the new polling locations.
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