County offers TYC incentives for CSS
Houston County Courier
The Houston County Commissioners Court Tuesday approved an offer of incentives to the Texas Youth Commission to keep the Crockett State School open. Crockett is one of the state’s 10 secure juvenile detention facilities, and the TYC has announced plans to close 50th Annual Lions Rodeo Starts 7:30 p.m. Tonight at Porth Ag Arena three of the 10 by Sept. 1. As an incentive, the county is offering the former Houston County Sheriff’s Office and Jail at 110 E. Houston Avenue in Crockett to the TYC for its use, either temporarily or on a long-term basis. The property would be offered through either a lease or purchase for a nominal fee, with terms to be negotiated and subject to any legal restrictions. The county is also offering to provide in-kind services to assist in any future development or expansion of the Crockett State School property. This would include the use of equipment and manpower as available from the various Road and Bridge Precincts, subject to any legal restrictions. County Judge Lonnie Hunt reported the Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corp. voted Monday to offer TYC an incentive package that involves payment of some utility bills for two years. The Court voted to apply for funding for replacement of four bridges under federal off-system bridge program administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. If approved, 90 percent of the cost to replace the bridges will be covered by federal funds administered by TXDoT. The county’s local share can be provided by an in-kind match of services rather than cash. All votes during this court session were unanimous, with Pct. 3 Commissioner Pat Perry being absent.