By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Amanda Howard was named as the new Tyler County AgriLife extension agent on Monday, during the regular meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court.
AgriLife District Administrator Shelia Harris introduced Howard to the court, and said Howard, who grew up in Cedar Creek, holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Texas State University. She is currently a physics instructor and head volleyball coach at Woodville High School.
Howard will replace long-serving extension agent Jacob Spivey, who left the position last year to teach agriculture at Warren High School.
Howard will begin her new position on June 1 and will train throughout the month. She will start in the county on July 1.
Tyler County Judge Milton Powers said that he and Pct. 4 Commissioner Buck Hudson sat in on Howard’s interview, and once the commissioners approved her appointment, the judge said “Welcome to Tyler County.”
New tax abatement
The commissioners voted to adopt new tax abatement guidelines for the county. The purpose of the new guidelines, as stated in the documentation provided, is to adopt guidelines and criteria governing tax abatement agreements entered into by the county, in order to comply with the tax code.
The guidelines provide for the county’s creation of its own reinvestment zones in unincorporated areas of the county, including within an ETJ of a municipality. The duration of any tax abatement under the guidelines may not exceed a period of 10 years, or the period allowed by applicable law, and does not apply to farm-to-market lateral road.
To apply for tax abatements, property owners must generally file an application with the County Judge’s office to be considered by the Commissioners Court.
During Monday morning’s meeting, the Tyler County Commissioners Court also approved the following items:
• The appointment of John P. Hadnot; Ola Morris; Jan Borel and Lyn V. McMillan to the Tyler County Historical Commission to fill vacancies.
• The renewal of an interlocal contract between the Tyler County Clerk’s Office and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to access the Texas Electronic Vital Events Registrar (Tx EVER) for the purpose of the issuance of remote birth certificates.
• The approval of a request for variance from the county’s subdivision regulations to allow a private road to be constructed over a pond dam in the Lakeland Ranch subdivision, section six.
• The Tyler County Historical Commission to take over Judge Powers’s old office at the Nutrition Center.
• The resignation of Zach Zachary as constable for Pct. 4. Anthony Ross was approved to fill the spot for the remainder of the term. Ross lost to Zachary by one vote in the last election.
• The appointment of Rena Moore to the ESD #6 (Fred Volunteer Fire Dept.) board.
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