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Court meets last time in 2021

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sanjacinto courthouseBy Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula
SJNT Correspondent

COLDSPRING- Meeting for the last time of 2021, the court finished out old business and planned projects for the new year, but not before declaring Friday December 31, 2021 as Donny Murray Day in recognition for his 38 years of service to the county in the Road and Bridge department. 

Redistricting
Clarification

To clarify statements written in last week’s commissioners court article, residents (voters) in the area affected by redistricting will receive a written notification per the Texas Elections Commission only if they have an “ACTIVE” voter status within San Jacinto County. Voters will receive a new blue colored voter registration certificate containing their new Commissioner’s Precinct (formerly Pct. 3, now Pct. 1).

Residents in the affected area can expect delays in receiving the cards, which are expected to be mailed out mid January and will replace any current cards expiring at the end of this year.

For any questions or concerns, please call the Election’s Office at 936-653-5804.

Public comment

Police Chief Tim Keen came to the court with concerns over a deadline to transfer all emails over to a new server by January 1, 2022. The department is legally required to keep emails, but archiving the files has proven to be tough on time and manpower. Faulkner offered little solution, only saying that the office had been given ample time to transfer the emails. Keen eventually countered, asking for an extension on time or for the county to contract professional service to assist in the digital migration.

The change in email servers comes after the county endured heavy amounts of spam emails in recent years and was seeking a system with more security. Currently county employees are making parties aware of the new email by emailing them the new address before the end of the year and forwarding all old emails. 

James Larimore of Holiday Villages in Point Blank wants TEXDOT to conduct a study at the US 190 Bridge over Lake Livingston in Point Blank. Claiming the speed is already too high, he wants the matter to be looked into before RV traffic increases with a new RV park being built close by with anywhere from 75-100 lots. Larimore is currently working with his HOA to write a letter of intent. When the letter can be presented to the court, Judge Faulkner said he will at that time put it on the agenda for a vote.

Announcements 

Lonnie Thomas, maintenance supervisor for San Jacinto County presented several projects to the court that he intends on accomplishing next year.

Replacing the roof of the DPS building on FM 2025 with metal roofs

Performance construction bud request 

Plans to asses the clerks office basement which currently has water penetration problems 

Plans to improve handicap access at the courthouse including adding traction to the ramp

Insulation, water line and drainage system improvements across county buildings

Light improvements in the jail

Following a vote of approval from the court for the organization to use the facility pending insurance clarification, the Women’s League of San Jacinto County will hold their annual Style Show for the first time in two year at the Emergency Shelter in Coldspring. Money from this event held fund scholarships given to local San Jacinto County school students. For updates on their event, follow their Facebook Page at Women’s League of San Jacinto County. 

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