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Council to eye ordinances

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Onalaska logoThree different ordinances will be reviewed and considered for approval by the Onalaska City Council during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. One deals with governing cabin parks, one deals with animal control and the other pertains to wrecking and salvage yards.

An executive session is on the agenda at which time Council will discuss personnel matters. Any action, however, will be taken upon return to open session.

Reports will be presented on behalf of the police department, volunteer fire department, fire marshal/building inspector and library representative.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes, vouchers and financial reports.

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City to decide street closure

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City of Livingston logoThe Livingston City Council will consider action on a proposed ordinance conditionally vacating, abandoning and closing a portion of N. East Ave. adjacent to Blocks 41 and 42 of the original city townsite from E. Polk St. northward to E. Milam St.

A public hearing was held at the June 13 meeting to receive comments regarding a petition by Central Baptist Church of Livingston to close that section of the street. Several church members spoke in favor of the petition, citing concerns regarding the protection and safety of the church’s children, youth and staff, as there is a lot of pedestrian traffic on Wednesdays and Sundays crossing the street from the main campus to the Family Life Center which is now used predominantly for children and youth. An additional reason they cited is the need to reconfigure their parking lot to better accommodate their handicapped and senior citizen members. Two people spoke against the petition, commenting that the street is a well-used thoroughfare that is used frequently. Council tabled the matter for further review.

Council is slated to approve authorization to execute an engagement letter for the employment of an auditor for fiscal year Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023.

The reappointment of a health authority for the 2023-2025 term will be considered for approval.

Council is also slated to consider action on proposed resolutions setting public hearings on two local properties to consider the determination of unsafe or dilapidated buildings. One is located at 1008 Dunbar Ave. and other is located at 1931 S. Washington Ave.

An executive session is on the agenda at which time Council will consult with the city attorney. Any action, however, will be taken upon return to open session.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins will present his monthly update on projects and events.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes of the June 13 regular meeting and accounts over $500.

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Commissioners to discuss tracking devices for certain vehicles

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Polk County LogoThe Polk County Commissioners Court will discuss and consider adding tracking devices to certain county department vehicles during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Court will discuss and consider appropriate action regarding the settlement terms with Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart defendants and will consider authorizing the county judge or other authorized officials to execute the settlement participation and release forms regarding the statewide settlement offers in the matter of Texas statewide opioid multi-district litigation for the county in the matter of In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 1:17-MD-022804.

The Court will consider approval, approval upon conditions met, or rejection of Magnolia Creek Ranch located in Precinct 2.

A public hearing is on the agenda to receive comment on a request to cancel a portion of Falcone Forest Subdivision Section 1, Lot 9 (removing lot) and replat the same as Falcone Forest, Section 1, Lots 9A and 9B. Following the public hearing the Court will consider action on the request.

Inspection fees for fire marshal services will be discussed and considered for approval.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted by department heads since the last meeting and review any authorized emergency hirings.

Fiscal year 2023 budget revisions, as presented by the auditor’s office, will be considered for approval.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of the June 27 regular meeting;

Approve schedules of bills

Approve order designating surplus property;

Receive and record personnel action forms submitted by elected officials since the last meeting;

Receive constable warrant service program quarterly report for the period ending June 30;

Designate County Tax Assessor-Collector Steven Hullihen to calculate and publish the no-new-revenue tax rate and voter-approval tax rate for Polk County, pursuant to §26.04 of the Property Tax Code;

Accept total loss offer for 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and remove from county inventory as of May 12, 2023.

Approve renewal of interlocal agreement with Lubbock County for Polk County’s participation in the regional public defender program;

Approve use of $1,754.79 from information technology capital outlay repair/replace IT equipment (budgeted funds) for the replacement of network switches;

Authorize veterans service officer to attend the Texas Veterans Commission August training conference to be held in College Station; and

Approve agreement between Debtbook and the auditor’s office.

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Corrigan student wins $20,000 scholarship

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Corrigan-Camden High School Graduate Irissa Vera and Polk County Go Texan Chairman Bill S. Wiggins attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Reception in Houston where Vera was presented a $20,000 scholarship. Courtesy photoCorrigan-Camden High School Graduate Irissa Vera and Polk County Go Texan Chairman Bill S. Wiggins attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Reception in Houston where Vera was presented a $20,000 scholarship. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

Irissa Vera, a recent graduate of Corrigan-Camden High School, received a Polk County Area Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Scholarship for $20,000. Vera has been very active in high school both academically and in leadership roles. She plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall.

“I always knew the Houston Rodeo Scholarship represented hard work and academic excellence, so I maintained those standards for myself,” Vera said. Her leadership qualities, academic honors, community service and determination led her to win the HLSR Scholarship.

She attended dual credit college classes in high school and took honors classes at CCHS while being involved in extracurricular activities.

“My most dedicated activity was leading the Corrigan-Camden FFA chapter, where I served as president. Within FFA, I competed in contests such as senior quiz, vet science and public speaking. I’m extremely proud of what the FFA members accomplished together,” she said.

“Additionally, I volunteered for my community through the National Honor Society and LEO Club, as vice-president for both. I competed in UIL current events since 2020 and I was this year’s district champion. My teammates and I also competed at the state level for UIL social studies,” she said.

Vera will attend Texas A&M University this fall and major in bioenvironmental sciences. She plans to become an environmental consultant to advise agricultural and forestry producers.

“Receiving the Houston Rodeo Scholarship is an absolute blessing for me and my family. I’m very grateful for everyone who has supported me. I hope that my example will inspire other students at Corrigan-Camden to always strive for the best,” Vera said.

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Goodrich ISD making repairs

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The Goodrich ISD School Board met for its June meeting last week to approve construction on campus and review checklist items occurring over the summer months.

Gas line testing has occurred at the school over the past week. A valve began leaking at the school and has been repaired.

Floors in all district buildings have been stripped and waxed. Superintendent Daniel Barton said he was impressed by the job of the maintenance staff, completing the task in two and a half weeks.

“In years past, that has not been the case,” Barton said. “They worked well together and did a bunch of work. They have to move all of that furniture out and it is a lot of work. We schedule it for a full month, but I said if they could get it done in time, they could go on four-day weeks. We’ve got an exceptional staff when it comes to that.”

A heater is being replaced in a bus, and two others are in for air conditioning repairs.

A lawn mower cut a two-inch water main and that could not be stopped at the school. There is no shut-off valve at the meter. It is since been repaired.

The board voted to keep all positions for the 2023-24 school year as they have been for the past year. Rigoberto Reyes remains the president, Rosalie Blackstock is vice president, Thomas Finger serves as secretary and Timothy Harrell is assistant secretary.

The district has decided to construct a chain link fence from the elementary down Highway 59 that will enclose the school. The fence would come back around the agriculture building and across to the library near the fitness center. Barton said the fence would lock the entire campus. The district received three bids, with the highest at well over $200,000, but went with a bid of $94,000.

Windows to be installed a the lower elementary have wood that has rotted and will need replacement. Two bids were received, and the repairs will cost just over $14,000.

Door replacements at the high school, ag building, upper elementary and middle school will come at a price of $49,000.

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