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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Policy changes at area jails have put the county jail out of compliance, and Sheriff Woody Wallace told the County Commissioners Court something must be done.

The jail, which can hold seven prisoners, is holding 15 as of last week; Wallace said that the other jails contracted to house Trinity County prisoners will no longer accept prisoners requiring medical attention.

He also said that several prisons will be raising their rates in the next fiscal year, which will further put a strain on county coffers.

The court did approve submitting a proposed drawing of a temporary jail, to be built using the old sewing mill, to the Texas Jail Commission for review. Depending on their response, the county then will look into funding options.

In a separate matter, the county will propose a .57 percent tax rate for its FY 2022-23 budget, which also will include a 6 percent raise for county employees and officials.

In other business, the county:

•approved an official bond for Jill Steptoe;

•approved a personnel action form to correct a clerical error on a pay rate;

•approved eight housecleaning budget amendments;

•approved the purchase of a chair restraint to be used by the jail;

•approved an agreement with Darren Smith to allow the county to remove soil from his property;

•approved service agreements with Windstream for 911 addressing needs for offices in Trinity and the County Museum;

•accepted a donation of $1,000 from Steely Lumber Co.;

•accepted a donation of $3,000 from Dillon Renfro for damages done to Baker Lane;

•approved the 2023 holiday schedule for the county; and

•approved the regular terms of Commissioners Court for the next fiscal year.

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