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Demolation, relocation of county buildings approved by commissioners
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRNG – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court approved the demolition of an old county building and the relocation of the county’s maintenance facility last week during a regular session of court. The approximate 70-year-old Pct. 1 county barn, located on Slade Street about one block from the San Jacinto County Courthouse, will be taken down and its metal salvaged. A building used to house the county’s maintenance facility, located across the street from the courthouse and adjacent to the San Jacinto County Courthouse Annex, will be moved to Slade Street where it will continue to be used as the county’s maintenance facility. Once the maintenance building is moved, the county proposes to add onto the county’s Senior Annex Building where voting is now conducted and the offi ce of the San Jacinto County Elections Administrator is housed. The proposed addition will be used as a county civic center and community center when the need arises for emergency shelter. The addition is to be paid for using funds from a more than $9 million Hurricane Ike grant awarded to the county. Also earmarked for the grant money are generators for county utility companies and road upgrades. Part of the funds has already been spent for county-wide debris hauling following Hurricane Ike, according to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. In other business, commissioners voted to include roads on the county’s road map that were “inadvertently omitted” in the county’s road inventory, including Yeager Lane, Bitter Creek, Buck Creek Road, Winding Creek Road, Bob Lane, Eldon Lane, Jericho, Dirk, Country Place, Green Pasture, Oak Lane, Pepper Path and Bones Way, all located in Pct. 2. The roads have already been accepted as county roads, according to Faulkner. Commissioners approved a motion to lift the county’s burn ban as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. “Residents are asked to use extreme caution when burning outside as conditions are not completely favorable. Conditions will be monitored closely and should dry weather warrant reinstating the burn ban, the county will do so at that time,” it was stated in a written announcement. The approval of a cooperative agreement between San Jacinto County and the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department was tabled until the next court date giving commissioners more time to study the agreement. According to San Jacinto County Sheriff James Walters, the agreement, if approved, would allow the sheriff’s department to have fi ve offi ces located in the Coldspring VFD building, although Walters said he only needs one offi ce in which to conduct interviews. A renewal inter-local agreement between the county and the San Jacinto County Emergency Services District for the use of county dispatchers was approved by the court. The court also approved a cooperative agreement between the county and the San Jacinto County First Responders, Inc. for space in that facility located in Pct. 4 for the sheriff’s department, noting that walls have already be constructed, telephone lines installed and an entry door lock installed with the approval of last year’s agreement with fi rst responders. Commissioners discussed the possibility of establishing a county employee sick bank; however, action was tabled pending more research on getting a sick bank organized. Faulkner suggested that commisioners look at plans used in other counties and by other companies for examples and pick one from those before going further. Following a lengthy discussion with Somerset Shores representative Earline McCloud, commissioners approved a preliminary plat for the new subdivision which consists of 7.802 acres (16 lots) situated in the John Foster Survey, Pct. 4, of San Jacinto County. Randolph Marshall and William Rush received approval from the court to serve as reserve deputies and assist Pct. 4 Constable Alvin Wyatt. According to Wyatt, both are licensed peace officers. Approval was given for the MS150 Bike Ride through the Forest event scheduled in the county on Jan. 29. Riders will use county property located at the Pct. 1 commissioner’s barn as a rest area during the annual ride. Commissioners approved a motion to allow Shepherd 3-D Seismic use of county maintained roads by FAMCOR Oil, Inc. and approved a geophysical/seismic testing permit. The agreement will allow a county employee and truck, paid for by FAMCOR to be used while geophysical testing is being done in Precincts 1 and 2. Commissioners approved nine members and three alternates to the county’s salary grievance committee. Members were chosen from those who served on grand juries in San Jacinto County during 2010. Chosen are Rhonda Kinder, Joel McDowell, Fielding Browder, Ed Counts, Kip Keel, Phil Palmer, Laura Redden, Davis Moulder and Judith Currie. Alternates are John Lee Dabney, Eddie Ellisor III and Marilyn Nettles. Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno was appointed to serve as San Jacinto County Judge Pro-Tem for 2011.