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Houston County Courier - November 2008
By Lonnie Hunt
The Houston County Commissioners Court discussed but took no action on revising its subdivision regulations during a regular meeting held Monday Nov. 24.
The subdivision regulations provide minimum requirements for streets, drainage, and other issues pertaining to new subdivisions in unincorporated areas of the county.
Attorney James Allison with Allison-Bass and Associates met with the Court to go over the proposed revisions which have been under discussion over the last several months.
Several changes were incorporated into the draft as recommended by the county’s contract engineer. One of the main features of the proposed new regulations is a requirement for better streets in future subdivisions.
Mr. Allison told the Court he would get a final draft back to the Court in time for adoption at its next regular meeting on December 9.
The Court voted unanimously to adopt new regulations pertaining to manufactured home rental communities (mobile home parks) in unincorporated areas of Houston County.
Existing mobile home parks are grandfathered, but any new parks will be subject to the new requirements. Mr. Allison told the Court that Houston County was one of the few remaining counties in Texas that did not already have similar regulations in place.
A copy of the new regulations, which are now in effect, are available in the County Judge’s office and will soon be posted on the county’s website at www.co.houston.tx.us.
The Court authorized an agreement with Crockett Construction to tear down and remove two old buildings located at the site of the proposed new county jail and law enforcement center. The buildings include an old service station and drive-in restaurant.
County Judge Lonnie Hunt reported that an asbestos survey was recently done on the property. No asbestos was found in the service station. A small amount of asbestos was found in floor tiles from the old drive-in.
The contractor will remove everything but the floor tile and a licensed asbestos removal company will then be brought in to finish the project.
In other business, the Houston County Commissioners Court:Appointed County Attorney-Elect Daphne Session to serve as Houston County Minority Representative on the Board of Directors of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments;
- Approved a revised interlocal agreement with the Service Center for Older Americans of Houston County, Inc. which provides additional county funding for the 2008-09 budget year;
- Adopted the schedule of official county holidays for 2009;
- Confirmed the employment of Dorothy Porter as a replacement custodial employee for the Court House and Annex;
- Accepted the low bid of $26,599 from Hall Buick Pontiac GMC of Tyler for purchase of a new pickup for the Community Service Supervision Department;
- Discussed a personnel matter with the County Attorney in executive session but took no action.