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Houston County Chooses Debris Contractor
Houston County Courier - September 2008

Hurricane debris removal took up most of the time during a lengthy meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court Tuesday, Sept. 23. After reviewing four proposals from three different companies, the court selected North American Procurement Company (NAPCO) as the contractor to remove and dispose of debris in the unincorporated areas of Houston County. 

The county will apply for reimbursement of the costs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

NAPCO is an east Texas company, which is based in Woodville (Tyler County).  The company currently has a contract for debris removal with Tyler County, and also performed the services for Tyler County following Hurricane Rita three years ago.
   The action taken by the court authorized Precinct 4 Commissioner Kennon Kellum and Precinct 2 Commissioner Willie Kitchen to negotiate and execute contracts and any necessary amendments with NAPCO, subject to the approval of County Attorney Donna Kaspar.
  Another major topic of discussion was the new county jail and law enforcement center.  County Judge Lonnie Hunt reported that the closing on the purchase of the new jail property will take place soon, possibly as early as this Friday, Sept. 26.

The court authorized architect Wayne Gondeck to issue Requests for Proposals to three companies, which will compete for selection as the construction manager-at-risk for the jail project. 

Those companies include Berry and Clay Commercial Construction Company of Rusk, J. E. Kingham Construction Company of Nacogdoches, and Sedalco Construction Services of Fort Worth.

The court also approved the schematic design phase for the new facility as presented by the architect. 

The court confirmed the employment and set the salaries for four employees:  Donald Larkin was hired as assistant district attorney,  James Ashworth was transferred from assistant DA back to his former position as DA office administrator, Wendy Jackson was approved as a replacement jailer in the sheriff’s department, and Janis Omelina was changed from part time to full time status in the county treasurer’s office.

In other action taken at Tuesday’s meeting, the Houston County Commissioners Court:

  • Approved an interlocal agreement with the Elkhart Independent School District for collection of taxes on approximately 150 parcels of Elkhart ISD property located within Houston County;
  • Voted to participate as a sponsor of the Deep East Texas Legislative Reception to be held in Austin on January 12, 2009;
  • Made no changes in sheriff’s and constables’ fees for the new fiscal year;
  • Approved expenditures from the County Clerk’s Records Management Fund for payment of a computer software maintenance agreement;
  • Approved a lease contract with Texas Imaging Systems for a new copier in the County Judge’s office;
  • Voted to continue holding regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month during the next fiscal year.



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