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For eligible water supply corporations

Polk County LogoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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The Polk County Commissioners Court approved memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with eligible water supply corporations for the purchase of generators during its regular meeting Tuesday. The generators will be purchased and installed with hazard mitigation grant program funds that require a 10% match. The Court also approved MOUs for various water improvement and infrastructure projects that will be purchased with American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus local fiscal recover funds that require a 25% match.

“I want to thank the water committee. They did a fabulous job on this,” County Judge Sydney Murphy said.

The Court approved advertising for bids for the courthouse restoration project and appointed a scoring committee made up of Precinct 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis, Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent and Grants and Contracts Coordinator Jessica Hutchins.

Requests for capital purchases to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the FY2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt were approved by the Court. These include: the district attorney’s request for the purchase of three desktop scanners, not to exceed $1,339.50; the county court at law’s request for the purchase of a portable projector screen, not to exceed $399; the information technology’s request for the purchase of a central server (cloud backup), not to exceed $15,000; and the district clerk’s request for four printers and three desktop scanners, not to exceed $1,576.

The Court approved the acceptance of a 2021 Ford F250 and a 2021 Palomino Caper Camper awarded to the Precinct 1 Constable’s office and the method of funding the vehicle maintenance and operations.

A variance for Rocking R RV Park, located in Precinct 1, was rejected. “In light of our engineer Jed’s report, I’d like to recommend that we not approve the variance at this time,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Guylene Robertson said. Given the fact that the variance was not approved, the Court rejected the RV park.

Based on the request of Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, the Court tabled action on Falcone Forest IV Subdivision, located in Precinct 4.

An offer to purchase tax foreclosure property, specifically, part of Lot 7 of Ella Woods in Precinct 4 (Cause No. 12-084) was approved.

Also approved was an order authorizing the sale of fireworks during the Memorial Day period of May 26 through midnight on May 31.

The Court approved personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and reviewed two authorized emergency hirings – one at the jail and one in security.

Items on the consent agenda were approved, including:

Minutes of April 26 regular meeting and special session;

Schedules of bills;

An order designating surplus property;

An order of special election to be held on May 24;

An order relocating sheriff’s/tax sales to Dunbar gym effective August 10 until completion of the courthouse renovation;

An update to master street address guide;

Sprinkler system removal in Health and Human Services and Greater East Texas Community in Action sections of regional health center, not to exceed $9,257, to be paid from maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds);

An update to Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace network equipment, not to exceed $2,000, to be paid from information technologies capital outlay repair/replace equipment (budgeted funds);

A sheriff’s request to submit application for participation in the Texas Law Enforcement Support Office “1033 program;”

An update to grant agreement with Department of Family and Protective Services;

A cooperative agreement with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the provision of educational programs;

The county treasurer’s amended FY2021 4th quarter report (July, August and September 2021);

The county treasurer’s amended FY2022 1st quarter report (October, November and December 2021); and

The county treasurer’s FY2022 2nd quarter report (January, February and March 2022).

Kevan Wood of First Baptist Church of Livingston opened the meeting with prayer.

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