By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court gave its stamp of approval to a plan to balance out precincts.
Former County Attorney Joe Warner Bell, who was contracted by the county to redistrict based on the 2020 census figures, presented his plan at a public hearing held during the court’s regular meeting on Nov. 9.
Law dictates that all districts in a municipality must be of near-equal population, and not be heavily unbalanced regarding minority populations.
Bell’s efforts include moving an area north and west of Westwood Lake, and south of Highway 94, with small homesteads and the White Rock City Marina, will be moved from Precinct 2 into Precinct 3; and portions of the city of Groveton, including an area just north of the High School, a parcel of land between 94 and Sawmill Road, from Vickery Street to around Hickory Ridge Lane, and a parcel south of Old Railroad Street, east of Turner and Gunner streets and north of around Kickapoo Road, will be transferred from Precinct 3 to Precinct 4.
In a separate matter, the county took steps to begin the process of building a new jail.
After appointing a committee to study and collect information on jails, it has yet to meet, so the court approved a meeting of the jail committee for this week.
In other business, the county:
• held a public hearing and approved the abatement of eight nuisance properties in the Westwood Shores subdivision near Trinity;
•approved the sale of surplus items;
•approved the sale of tax resale properties submitted by the Trinity County Appraisal District;
•approved its vote for all candidates on the Trinity County Appraisal District ballot;
•approved a $1,000 donation to the Groveton Community Association for Christmas lights;
•approved the purchase of a flatbed trailer from the city of Groveton for $4,000;
•approved an additional $30,000 in funds for a road project on Jim Butler Road;
•approved a donation of $17,852 in road material from TxDOT; and
•approved the settlement agreement for $27,846 in a state opioid case.