Corsicana — A review of actions taken by the Navarro County Commissioners Court on Monday, June 24, 2013. (Note: Commissioners will meet again at 2 p.m. Monday for a workshop on the proposed Navarro County Courthouse restoration proposals.)
Bobby Vickery spoke before commissioners court regarding the courthouse restoration project. He asked that if a certificate for obligation is used to fund the project, that it be put to a public vote. He said he believed the purpose of a certificate of obligation was for use in emergencies. He asked the court to put a bond issue before voters in the November election.
Action on approval of minutes for June 10 and June 18 meetings was tabled since minutes have not been received by commissioners. They approved payment of bills submitted by auditor.
“It’s getting hot and it’s getting dry,” said H.M. Davenport Jr., county judge. Drought index is up in the upper 400’s and lower 500’s. Pct. 4 Commissioner James Olsen said “Don’t see it as critical but we need to look at it on a daily basis ... leave it as is now and watch it.” No action taken by the court.
Commissioners approved reports for April and May as presented by County Treasurer Frank Hull.
TAC Insurance renewal approved
Commissioners voted to approve a renewal application for property insurance through the Texas Association of Counties. County Auditor Kathy Hollomon said the county’s property list has been updated to reflect the new Precinct 1 property purchased.
Tax abatements approved
Commissioners voted to grant tax abatements to two projects - the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park, and for an expansion project by Guardian Industries.
Corsicana City Manager Connie Standridge made the request for 50 percent abatement for 10 years for the water park. She said 51 new jobs — with an annual payroll of about $900,000 — will be created in the $9 million investment. Standridge said the groundbreaking is now tentatively sent for 10 a.m. on July 12.
Guardian’s Kurt Christian said Guardian is planning to add a new line to build shower enclosure doors, the first of its kind in the United States. Christian said Guardian will retain or hire 20 additional employees for the project, put at just over $5 million. This will now mean Guardian will employ about 400 people at the Corsicana plant. He said construction is expected to begin this fall, with the line operational in February 2014.
Cleanup Day reviewed
Logan Lair said 476 vehicles brought 1,794 cubic yards of refuse during the effort. Volunteer efforts were up this year, and the re-routing of the event from previous years was not a factor. Lair said preliminary plans for a Tire Disposal in the fall would have the event held in the parking lot of the Navarro County Youth Expo. The event has been tentatively planned for Sept. 20.
Surplus, salvage requests granted
Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner requested a list of several vehicles and pieces of equipment from the Sheriff’s Office be declared surplus for the purpose of auction or trade; two vehicles be declared salvage for scrap purposes; and declare numerous items surplus for sale at auction or destroyed from drug seizures, some dating back to 2004. The requests were approved. Four chairs no longer used in the courthouse were also declared salvage for the purpose of disposal.
Road crossing approved
Commissioners granted a request from MEN Water Supply to cross SECR 3170 in Pct. 2.
Investment policy actions taken
Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt the 2013 Investment Policy and Strategy, designated Frank Hull and Kathy Hollomon as Investment Officers, and to allow the officers to manage the approval of substitution or replacement of securities. There were no changes to any of the procedures.
Road crossing approved
Commissioners approved a road crossing agreement with Thurston Texas Operating Company for SECR 1090 in Pct. 3.
HIDTA contract approved
An agreement with Google for email and applications for the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area was approved by commissioners as managers of the funds for the agency.
Commissioners approved the request of Pct. 4 Commissioner Olsen to look into the lease/purchase of boom and side mowers for Pct. 4.
Executive Session held
Commissioners held a brief executive session to discuss real estate, but took no action following the closed session. Davenport said commissioners needed more information before any action could be taken.