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June 24, 2013

Commissioners Court Meeting Briefs

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.)

Public comments

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.

Consent Agenda

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.

Burn Ban

“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.

Treasurer’s Report

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.

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