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recycling logoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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A local donor will match donations to Polk County’s new recycling center—up to $20,000—County Judge Sydney Murphy announced during the informational report section of the regular meeting of the Polk County Commissioners Court Dec. 28.

The Court received the rating and recommendations from the court-appointed scoring committee regarding the selection of a grant administrator and engineer for the use of funds allocated to Polk County by the American Rescue Plan Act. “We did the procurement process on Nov. 9 and the committee scored on Dec. 16,” Murphy said. Commissioners approved the recommendation of Langford Community Management Services as administrator and Goodwin Lassiter Strong as engineer.

Regarding the land use agreement of county property located at 1200 FM 62 and 1411 FM 62 in Moscow, Commissioners approved moving forward with discussing a general contract.

Although the Court discussed a policy regarding the use of county buildings, grounds and facilities, the item was tabled so that additional research may be conducted.

Commissioners approved an order to conform election precincts following the redistricting of the commissioners court precincts pursuant to Chapter 42, Texas Election Code, and any resulting changes that may have an impact upon the justice of the peace/constable precincts.

A memorandum of understanding with Piney Wood Lakes Texas Chapter Master Naturalists, the East Texas Electric Cooperative Inc. and Polk County for the beneficial management of natural resources at the East Texas Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant Gazebo was approved.

Commissioners approved a proposal to extend the concrete pad for the recycling center, to be paid for from the waste management fund, accepting the $6,500 bid from Luis Don Juan.

The plats for Rolling Pines Section 2 Subdivision located in Precinct 2 and Caney Pines Subdivision located in Precinct 3 were approved.

A memorandum of understanding with the Precinct 1 constable regarding the monthly salary of Mario Rosario, to be funded solely from the Precinct 1 constable asset seizures as long as funds are available, was approved. “This is basically a replacement MOU for the prior MOU that we had in place,” Murphy said.

Action on an agreement with Questica for budget management software was tabled.

Commissioners reviewed and considered personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and reviewed three authorized emergency hirings – one at the tax office, one at the auditor’s office and one at the county clerk’s office.

Commissioners approved everything on the consent agenda which included:

Schedules of bills;

An order designating surplus property;

The county auditor’s monthly report, pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114.025;

The reappointment of Garvey Jackson to the Workforce Development Board for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1; and

Acknowledgement of the addition of the City of Corrigan’s Flood Mitigation Project No. 22 on page 166 of the Polk County Multi-Jurisdiction Mitigation Plan.

Rev. Jim Mayland of Trinity Lutheran Church opened the meeting with prayer.

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