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Stories Added - October 2009
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Commissioners table consideration of property
Houston County Courier -  October 2009

The Houston County Commissioners Court took action on several matters during a meeting held Monday morning, Oct. 26.
Commissioners reviewed a request from the City of Crockett concerning the demolition of a dilapidated house at 317 Rhodes Street in Crockett. 
The property was foreclosed on for nonpayment of taxes, and as a result, is jointly owned by the Crockett ISD, the City of Crockett, and Houston County.
The city has proposed removing the old house and cleaning up the property at an estimated cost of $2,375, with the cost being pro-rated based on the amount of back taxes owed on the property. 
Under the proposal, the school district would bear the largest portion of the cost, $1,496. 
The city’s share would be $475 and the County’s share would be $403.
After discussion, the commissioners voted to take no action on the request, but to recommend to the city and school district that the property be offered for sale, with no minimum bid, with the purchaser being responsible for removing the structure.
The commissioners met in executive session to discuss the payment of comp time, vacation time and holiday time due to two former sheriff’s office deputies.   During the closed executive session, commissioners consulted with County Attorney Daphne Session and another outside attorney by telephone. 
Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt, Chief Deputy Ronnie Jordan, and County Auditor Melissa Mosley also participated in the discussion.
After returning to open session, commissioners approved the payment of $3,743.10 to H.D. Gresham Jr., and $2,087.91 to Jim Clark, representing their accrued comp time, vacation time and holiday time.  In a separate vote, a budget amendment was approved to make the payments out of the 2008-2009 budget.
In other business, the commissioners appointed members of a new Local Data Advisory Board.  This action was required by a bill passed in the Legislature earlier this year. 
The advisory board will be required to prepare a plan to improve compliance with the reporting requirements of the Texas Computerized Criminal History System.
County Attorney Session was appointed to chair the board.  Other appointees include representatives of the district attorney, sheriff, district clerk, county clerk, both constables, Crockett police chief, Grapeland police chief, adult probation supervisor, juvenile probation director, and local DPS sergeant.
Commissioners also approved a request made by Patricia Lucas to add the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation to the list of approved organizations to which jury pay can be donated. 
Precinct 4 Commissioner Kennon Kellum reported during the meeting that state has required that a bridge on CR 4740 at Cochino Creek be closed for repairs.  The road was closed at that location on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and will remain closed until the bridge repairs are complete.



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