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TCCommCourtLogoBy Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The regular meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court, on Monday, Sept. 12, began with a heated exchange.

Larry Sonnier, a resident in Pct. 3, addressed Commissioner Mike Marshall about the conditions along County Road 3240, formerly known as Turner Road. 

Sonnier, who lives on the county-maintained road, said he had addressed Marshall numerous times about having work done on the road.

When Marshall tried to explain that it was an issue with money in the budget, at present, that has curtailed any road maintenance and repair work as of late, Sonnier grew irate and told the commissioner “Why don’t you hush your mouth and let me finish,” to which County Judge Jacques Blanchette asked for decorum to be maintained.

Sonnier then asked Marshall and the other officials if any of them knew “anything about civil work,” after which an exchange took place between the two.

“I don’t need your insults,” Marshall said. “I’ve got 170 miles of roads to work on, and not just yours,” he added.

“You ought to be a leader instead of a damned follower,” Sonnier said. 

Marshall echoed Blanchette’s concern about decorum and asked if Sonnier wanted to remain in the courtroom. “Keep cussing,” he said, and Sonnier left the proceedings.

Other Business

On the regular agenda items, the commissioners voted to approve the following:

• The award of a bid for Whitley-Oliver Engineering for American Rescue Plan Act funds.

• The exemption of a standing reservation for the use of the county Nutrition Center for the Tyler County Republican Women in November.

• The re-appointment of Rick Russler for a three-year term to the Tyler County Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation District as a representative. The term begins Jan. 1, 2023 and ends Dec. 1, 2025. 

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