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Pinecrest Road paving project approved
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GROVETON – Paving a portion of Pinecrest Road and the appointment of a new Precinct 4 constable were among the items approved Monday, Oct. 11, by Trinity County commissioners. During their monthly meeting, the commissioners approved a plan to pave about one mile of Pinecrest Road from the Trinity City limits south. Pct. 2 Commissioner Jannette Hortman proposed the paving plan, noting that the section of Pinecrest to be paved, which she described as a“wash board,” is the most densely populated section of that county road. “When I was elected to this office, I inherited a large debt, but with the help of Commissioner Webb, I have paid off that debt and have been able to save some money with the idea of doing some paving work,” she said. Shortly after Hortman took office in January 2007, she contracted with Pct. 3 Commissioner Cecil Webb for his crews to take over the maintenance of Precinct 2 roads. She transfers a portion of her precinct’s annual budget over to Precinct 3 to cover the cost. Under this arrangement, Hortman said she now has enough to cover the almost $50,000 cost of paving the section of Pinecrest Road with a two course layer of chip and seal. Under the bid approved Monday for the work, Waters Construction Co. of Huntsville will be paid $49,315.20 for the paving work. Waters Construction Co. is currently working on a number of Trinity streets, using both asphalt and the chip and seal process. Included in the price for the Pinecrest Road work will be blading, watering and compacting the road base to a proper grade and density. Any additional base material needed would be furnished by Trinity County. During the discussion of the Waters bid, County Judge Mark Evans noted that the company had been involved in a lawsuit with the county in the past over roadwork in Precinct 1. He noted that when the pavement on The Barrett’s Landing road began to breakdown, the company argued that it was the fault of the road base, something for which they claimed the county was responsible. Evans asked Hortman to have Waters officials “sign off” on the base before any paving began. In approving the paving contract, Pct. 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham voted “no.” New constable appointed During the meeting, the commissioners formally accepted the resignation of Pct. 4 Constable Kent Blanchard and appointed Ronnie Hunt to replace him until the November 2012 general election. Blanchard resigned effective Oct. 2, citing the acceptance of another job as the reason. A total of five Precinct 4 residents submitted their names for the appointment to fill the vacancy and the commissioners selected Hunt, who currently serves as the criminal investigator for the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. Hunt will continue with his job with the sheriff’s department and will carry a “dual certification” with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). A native of Trinity County, Hunt spent 20 years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a game warden in the Fairfield area. “I’ll do the best job I can,” Hunt told the commissioners after is appointment. “My ears will be open to listen to you when you feel you have a problems that needs my attention.” Others who asked for the appointment included Travis Haygood, Richard Steptoe, Kenneth Wright and Sherman Jones. Generators bid approved Commissioners also approved a bid of $1,168,040.41 from Ludco, Inc. of Nacogdoches for the purchase of 17 emergency power generators and other work under the Hurricane Ike Recovery Program. All of the money for the project is coming from the federal government in an effort to help local communities prepare for future disasters. Included in the bid is $179,800 to help convert the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 in Trinity into an emergency shelter. The bid calls for Ludco to install a natural gas generator at the VFW post as well as shower facilities and other shelter equipment. Other projects included in the bid include a standby generator for the Nigton-Wakefield Water Supply Corporation; a water well generator and a water plant generator for the Nogalus-Centrailia WSC; a water plant generator for the Woodlake-Josserand WSC; a water well generator for the Centerville WSC; a water plant generator and a generator for the Lake L Acres area for the Trinity Rural WSC; a Glen Haven generator for the Glendale WSC; generators for the Groveton Senior Center, the Apple Springs Senior Center and the Martin Senior Center in Trinity; standby emergency generators for both the Groveton and Avalon Place (Trinity) nursing homes; a standby generator for the Trinity Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; and generators for both the Apple Springs and 356 (Carlisle) volunteer fire departments. Other action During the meeting, commissioners also: • Authorized Raymond K. Vann and Associates to submit a grant application seeking $275,000 for improvements to the Nigton-Wakefield Water Corporation’s distribution system. • Discussed but took no action on a plan to create an interlocal agreement with Walker County regarding the use of that county’s environmental officer. Sheriff Ralph Montemayor said he was in discussion with Walker County officials about the possibility of using their officer, Robert Knight, on a part-time basis to help enforce nuisance and illegal dumping laws in Trinity County. Commissioners indicated that such an arrangement would benefit local residents and asked Montemayor and Evans to pursue such an agreement. • Approved the dedication of a 40-foot wide, 150-foot long road in Precinct 3. The road, which was named Inspiration Village Drive, will serve the Inspiration Village development located off Highway 94 northeast of Trinity. Set to open soon, the village is designed to be a 95-acre ranch serving mentally challenged Texans. The county accepted the road and agreed to maintain it. • Appointed Mark Cole as a deputy constable for Precinct 1. • Agreed to lease an Automark voting machine to the Centerville Independent School District for their upcoming election at a cost of $300. • Proclaimed November as Home Care and Hospice Month in Trinity County.


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