By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The county is taking the first steps toward possibly building a new jail.
At its regular meeting on Sept. 28, the Trinity County Commissioners’ Court approved a committee to do research and bring recommendations back to the court regarding the jail. The panel consists of four people from public — one from each County Precinct — as well as the District and County attorneys, Sheriff Woody Wallace, and two members of the court.
Sam Shanafelt, Ricky Hortman, Julie Merchant and Don Hamilton will serve on the committee, and the court members nominated were Neal Smith and Steven Truss.
County Judge Doug Page said the county has spent $400,000 this year to house inmates out of county.
In other business, the county:
- approved a raise in per diem meal rates from $46 per day to $59 per day — $13 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $26 for dinner;
- approved a tax rate which is the same as last year — $0.5846 per $100 valuation;
- approved the county auditor salary;
- approved an agreement with Pablo and Valerie Gomez for the county to get on private land to address public drainage issues;
- approved personnel action forms;
- approved budget amendments end of the year tidying up before the audit;
- approved old office equipment as surplus items, and sent to a company in Tyler for recycling;
- approved the annual copier lease agreements; and
- delayed any action regarding a video recording system for commissioners court meetings.