Commissioners discuss hydroelectric project
San Jacinto News Times - November 2007
COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court opened Tuesday’s regular meeting with a brief moment of silent prayer for former San Jacinto County Judge Bill Law and his family.
County Judge Fritz Faulkner said he had been informed that Law had died Monday night.
Law started his career in Coldspring as San Jacinto County Auditor where he served from January 1996 until August 1998 when he accepted the job of Polk County Auditor. He served as auditor there from 1998 until the end of 2002 after being elected as San Jacinto County Judge. He took office as county judge in Coldspring in January 2003.
Law had reportedly been ill for several years. Visitation has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at Pace Stancil in Coldspring. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at Coldspring United Methodist Church.
Agenda items included the approval of San Jacinto County’s concurrence in the use of the alternative licensing process for the Lake Livingston Hydroelectric Project.
“They plan on building the project on our side of the dam. I think it’s a great idea,” Judge Faulkner said.
The alternative process allows hydroelectric projects to begin assessing environmental issues before actually applying for a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During the application process, FERC issues a notice of the application; allows state and federal agencies to provide recommendations terms and conditions and issues a draft environmental impact statement. The applicant then has an opportunity to resolve any environmental issues and respond to comments before the regulatory agency issues a final EIS. The commission then issues an order and license compliance and administration begins along with assessment of dam safety.
Commissioners approved a donation of two flat screen monitors from Polk County Probation Department. The screens will be used in the county’s new courtroom, which has recently been completed, according to Faulkner.
The taxation of tangible personal property in transit was discussed by commissioners’ court. Judge Faulkner said San Jacinto County Tax Attorney Stephen Lee recommended the court approve an order to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code, Section 11.253.
“There are no goods that would be affected at this time but it would give us the ability in the future,” Faulkner told the court.
The item was tabled until the next meeting of commissioners’ court on Nov. 28.
Beginning the first of January, the Pct. 1 compactor station will be open Tuesday through Saturday instead of open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.
“This will give my employees two consecutive days (Sunday and Monday) off,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner Michael Griffith.
Pct. 4 Constable Lou Rogers was given permission to place applications for Toyz for Kids at each of the county’s precinct barns. Rogers informed the court that his barbecue during a recent biker’s rally raised about $2,000 for Toyz for Kids.
The court approved the reclassification of a secretary’s position in the San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney’s office to a paralegal position and set a salary within his existing budget.
Criminal District Bill Burnett was also given approval to purchase a vehicle for $23,000 to be used for his investigator.
“The vehicle is fully outfitted for law enforcement,” Burnett said. Funds for the vehicle will come from Burnett’s budget, with a down payment of $13,000 and the remainder being financed by Bancorp’s, which will be paid-off with seizure monies next year.
Commissioners approved the construction and installation of handrails for Voting Boxes 3 and 14. The cost for all, including those at the Senior Annex Building, is estimated at $1,500, according to Pct. 3 Commissioner David Brandon.