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Court to eye purchase of recording systems

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Polk County LogoThe purchase and installation of audio/video recording systems in the Polk County Judicial Center courtrooms and the commissioners courtroom, to be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds, will be discussed and considered for action during the regular meeting of the Polk County Commissioners Court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Court will consider approval of an agreement with True North for disaster debris monitoring and consulting.

Any necessary action to transition credit card processing in the Polk County Clerk’s Office from EZ-Net to Certified Payments by Deluxe will be discussed and considered.

A request for a capital purchase to be paid from the fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt will be considered, specifically, a request from the Precinct 4 justice of the peace office to purchase an auto date and time stamper, not to exceed $1,025.

Commissioners will consider a resolution in support of an amendment of criminal courts jurisdiction and will also canvass the results of the Nov. 8 general election.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and will review any authorized emergency hirings. The fiscal year 2023 budget revisions, as presented by the county auditor’s office, will also be reviewed.

During informational reports, the Court will sign a proclamation recognizing National Adoption Month, hear the annual informational report from the grants and contracts coordinator and review the spotlight on the permits office.

Items on the consent agenda include:

•Approve the minutes of the Nov. 1 emergency session and the Nov. 8 regular meeting;

•Approve schedules of bills;

•Approve order designating surplus property;

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

•Approve update to master street address guide;

•Ratify renewal of agreement dated July 1, 2022 between Polk County and Motivation Education & Training Inc.;

•Ratify General Land Office Amendment No. 3 Contract 20-065-018-C064 to extend contract;

•Approve interlocal agreement renewing services with Harris County for postmortem examinations;

•Approve sheriff’s request to opt out of the Texas 1033 Program effective Dec. 31, 2022; and

•Approve use of $7,724 from maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds) for the air conditioning/heater replacement at the Polk County Gun Range.


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A capacity group of veterans, with their families and friends, recently attended the Veterans Day event at the H.E.A.R.T.S. (Helping Every American Remember Through Serving) Veterans Museum of Texas to celebrate the men and women who have answered the call to serve the country as members of the military. Retiring Congressman Kevin Brady spoke on his experiences in Congress working for the constituents. Other speakers credited Brady for engineering necessary programs to aid veterans in need, many of which have been adopted by the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum. Several members of the Republican Club of Polk County attended the event. (l-r) Stan Goodson, Cindy Goodson, Mickey Kley Stephens, Gene Kohrman, Russ Johnson, Solita Collard and Tracey Shoellhorn.Courtesy photo

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Onalaska to annex 96 acres

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Onalaska logoBy Albert Trevino
Enterprise Staff

The Onalaska City Council will move forward on an annexation of land as action was taken during its November regular meeting.

An ordinance annexing around 96 acres of undeveloped land near the Yaupon Cove area was agreed on by the council to extend the boundary limits of the city. Although the land is currently undeveloped, this would grant any potential inhabitants within that property the rights and privileges of the city’s citizens. This also binds said citizens to the acts, ordinances, resolutions and regulations of Onalaska.

A property on two Canyon Park-area lots was deemed unsafe by the city council last week and is set to officially be vacated and taken down. Owner representation of the lots (section 1, lots 206 and 207) was reportedly not present to make any defense for the property in question, leaving the council to make the unsafe declaration.

Also, during the action agenda, the council changed contracts with a new law firm for collections. The previous contract with McCreary, Velselka, Bragg and Allen, PC was terminated and the new firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, was approved to enforce the collection of debt and accounts receivable for municipal fees and fines. The council also reauthorized a longstanding resolution for a collection fee of 30% for the city’s fines and fees.

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Holiday festivities discussed

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City of GoodrichBy Brian Besch
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The Goodrich City Council approved the day rental rate at the community center for a local business and furthered discussions on upcoming celebrations at their November regular gathering.

Motion was made by Karen Hughes, seconded by Bobby Wright to approve $100 deposit and $50 per day rental of Community Center for Ryan Green. Last month, Green asked the council to consider hourly rentals for the Goodrich Community Center. The rental fee is currently $200 for the day. He is hoping to teach martial arts and wants to keep costs for his students down. Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson said in October she hoped to have all council members present for discussion before deciding on any changes.

In further discussion of the Christmas tree lighting, the time has changed from 7 p.m. and will now be 6 p.m. at Goodrich City Hall.

The council also continued discussion on the Christmas Market Day and Lighted Christmas Parade scheduled for Dec. 3, at Goodrich City Hall. Mayor Kelly Nelson said she will inquire on vendors to place portable restrooms at the event.

The final count for the annual Halloween Trunk-A-Treat was 112 children. In addition to the City of Goodrich and the Goodrich Volunteer Fire Department, On the Road Truck Stop, Polk County Chamber of Commerce, and Pro Star Waste passed out candy and treats to children in attendance. The GISD student council helped pass out candy and treats.

In further discussion of the city council’s Thanksgiving dinner, the date and time was changed. The dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Goodrich Community Center. Dinner is scheduled to start after lighting the Christmas tree. The menu served for the council will be Mexican food.

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