By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — San Jacinto County Commissioners delayed approving bids for construction of a concession stand and bathrooms at a ballfield in Shepherd on Wednesday to allow for more review.
The court delayed action so Mayor Charles Minton of Shepherd can review the bids.
County Judge Fritz Faulkner said the county had been the recipient of land that was in the will of Jack Pope. That also included some mineral rights.
Those rights left the county with about $300,000; Faulkner said the will stipulated the land was to be used for park purposes, and we’re following the intent of Jack Pope as best as we can.
Donnie Marrs said he spoke with the District Attorney Todd Dillon and one of Pope’s heirs, who approved the use of the funds.
In other business, the county:
•approved a 12-month lease for Texas Facilities Commission;
•appointed Skye Spivey and John Sexton to the Lower Trinity Groundwater Conservation District;
•approved a resolution honoring Randy Backer for his work with the TGCD;
•approved an extension of an agreement with Tyler Technologies for software;
•approved Dec. 8 as closing date for bids for a piece of county property;
•accepted six companies to used for demolition of homes purchased in a buyout program grant;
•approved bond renewal for Precinct 2 Constable Ray Atchley;
•hired Brooks Watson and Co. for the 2023 audit;
•approved the disbursal of $82,351.69 in Title III to the Emergency Services District;
•approved the installation of tablets in the jail through a program administered by NCIS;
•approved the preliminary plat for Staley Ridge subdivision;
•approved a plat splitting a piece of property near Tidwell and Silcox streets; and
•released a $75,000 obligation for improvement on Rajack Road in lieu of a $2.1 million project improving Fostoria Tram Road.