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Burn ban lifted; FCS County Agent hired

 

BY VALERIE REDDELL
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LIVINGSTON — Polk County commissioners rescinded the ban on outdoor burning during Tuesday's session of Commissioner's Court. Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Pitts said recent rains had caused the "bottom to fall out of the average drought index." The Polk County average is in the 300s now. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the 14-day forecast predicts it will stay below the 500 to 600 range. Commissioners voted unanimously to lift the burn ban based on Pitts' recommendation. The court also approved the appointment of Emily Rice as a Family and Consumer Science Agent for Polk County. Rice graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in food, nutrition and dietetics. She will begin work with a one-month orientation period with an FCS agent in Houston County. Supervising agents expect her to be available in the Polk County Extension Office Nov. 1. The Family and Consumer Science position has been vacant for four years. Also beginning Jan. 1, the Records Archive Fee assessed by the County Clerk and District Clerk for documents filed with their office will increase from $5 to $10, as allowed by H.B. 1513. Commissioners approved the rate increase and then unanimously passed a revised budget for FY 2014 to reflect the change in the fee as well as changed in salaries for the Pct. 2 and 3 constables after they were added to the warrant service program supplement currently offered to Pct. 1 and 4 constables. The effort was approved at the Sept. 10 session in an effort to collect about $2 million in outstanding fines in the four JP courts. County officials decided to auction off two diesel generators with tanks attached that have been replaced at the IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility. County Maintenance Supervisor Jay Burks recommended setting a reserve bid of $35,000 to $40,000 for one of the generators — a Caterpillar diesel generator that is less than two years old and has only a few operating hours on it. Details on the equipment will be posted at www.govdeals. com. The buyers will have to move the equipment themselves, Burks said. Names were drawn for the County Sick Leave Pool Committee by random drawing. County Judge John Thompson explained that the court sets the policy, but the employees themselves determine how the hours will be awarded to employees. "They guard the sick leave pool jealousy," Thompson said. "They know the employees that meet the criteria and the employees that don't meet the criteria." Committee members for the upcoming fiscal year will be: Dee Ann Marzak, Patrick Battise, Billy Duke and Victoria Rene Guajardo. Commissioners also nominated Todd Miller and Leslie Burks to the Polk Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Annual bids for road materials, tires and tubes; oil, grease and diesel; pest control service and motor grader blades were approved Tuesday. Commissioners voted to reschedule the meeting originally set for Tuesday, Oct. 8 , because of a conflict with the County Judges and Commissioners annual conference. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11. County Clerk Schelana Walker released the list of election judges and alternates which were approved Tuesday. Precinct 1-Segno VFD, presiding judge-JoAnn Locke (R), alternate judge- Leo Brousard (D) Precinct 2-South Polk Co. VFD, presiding judge- Liz Ellis (R), alternate judge- Tanya Hutchinson (D) Precinct 3-Goodrich ISD, presiding judge-Mary Summy (R), alternate judge- Bertha Baldwin (D) Precinct 4-Trinity Lutheran Church, presiding judge -Jerry Hawkins (R), alternate judge-Joe Roth (D) Precinct 5- Scenic Loop VFD, presiding judge-Danny Freeman (R), alternate judge-Cleste Williams (D) Precinct 6-Onalaska Subcourthouse, presiding judge-Jim Oestreich (R), alternate judge-Helen Felder (D) Precinct 7- Livingston City Hall, presiding judge-Doyle Coburn (R), alternate judge- Irene Milner (D) Precinct 8-Leggett ISD, presiding judge-Ruth Green (D), alternate judge-Doris Davis (R) Precinct 9-Moscow Baptist Church, presiding judge- June Parrish (R), alternate judge-Celia Brown (D) Precinct 10-Corrigan, presiding judge-Nelda Jones (R), alternate judge-Earlie Baldwin (D) Precinct 11-Barnum Baptist Church, presiding judge-Virginia Duncan (R), alternate judge- Anna Young (D) Precinct 12-Indian Reservation, presiding judge- Sharon Miller (D), alternate judge-Gary Johnson (R) Precinct 13-Big Sandy ISD, presiding judge-Francis Adams (R), alternate judge- Joyce Fultz (D) Precinct 14-Indian Springs POA, presiding judge-Josephine Glidewell (R), alternate judge-Pat Quinlan (D) Precinct 15-Schwab City Baptist Church, presiding judge-Nell Mayo (R),alternate judge-VACANT (D) Precinct 16-VFW, presiding judge-James Walker (R), alternate judge-Dennis Teal (D) Precinct 17-Blanchard Baptist Church, presiding judge-Hugh Myers (R),alternate judge-Willie White (D) Precinct 18-Dunbar, presiding judge-Allie Gilkey (D), alternate judge-Jim Johnson (R) Precinct 19-Escapees Activity Center, presiding judge-Loretta Wiehr (R), alternate judge-Joan Anderson (D) Precinct 20-Escapees Care Center, presiding judge- Art Ziebell (R), alternate judge-Johnnie Brooks (D) Precinct 21-St. Joseph Catholic Church, presiding judge-David Dillard (R), alternate judge-Ronald Liesman (D)

 

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