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Court approves cockleburr research project
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court approved an online payment plan and a research opportunity on cockleburr last week during a regular meeting of the court. Commissioners passed a motion to allow Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Beth Sewell to use an online payment system for those wanting to use the service instead of court payment. Those using the online payment system will pay an additional seven percent fee along with their traffi c ticket payment. Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells opposed the approval saying all courts in the county should be on the same system in order to make things more consistent for county residents. Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Harris Blanchette uses different online payment system that charges a graduated rate. Rice University was given approval by a narrow 3 to 2 vote to do research on a variety of cockleburrs on a 70 foot by 70 foot piece of land owned by the county located next to Head Start. According to San Jacinto County AgriLife Extension Agent Aaron Sumrall, seedlings of a variety of cockleburrs will be planted inside a fenced area this summer and removed by November 1, while researchers from Rice study chemical compounds of the plants for resistance. In other business, commissioners’ court was presented with a 2009 Safety Award for its record of involvement and commitment to safety in the workplace, as well as for controlling workers’ compensation claims, from Texas Association of Counties. Reading from a prepared statement, Texas Association of Counties Representative Ernesto Galindo said, “To qualify for the award, the county must have a safety program rated in the top 15 percent of about 300 governmental entities that collectively self-insure their workers’ compensation through the Association’s Risk Management Pool. San Jacinto was one of only 26 counties honored with a 2009 award. “Through its commitment to safe practices among county employees, San Jacinto County works to reduce employee injuries and obtain substantial savings for taxpayers by minimizing workers’ compensation prremiums.”

 

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