The Navarro County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of the old Hulcher property on Highway 22 as the new location of the Precinct 1 county barn.
Commissioners voted Monday to finalize the purchase of the land and building, located on Highway 22, just west of the Corsicana city limits, about a half-mile west of FM 2555.
The move will allow Pct. 1 Commissioner Jason Grant to move his barn operation from its present location on Highway 31, and actually get the barn back into Precinct 1. A re-mapping of the county precincts several years ago actually placed the Highway 31 property in Precinct 4.
The county sold the Highway 31 property to a private investment firm in 2007 for $350,000, but has continued to use the site under an agreement with the buyer that called for the county to pay the taxes due on the land, around $7,000 a year, said Grant.
Moving into the building that formerly housed Hulcher Emergency Services will be an easy transition, Grant said.
“It’s a great location,” Grant said. “I couldn’t have hand-picked a better spot.”
Grant said the property is a little over two acres in size, has a workshop, office area, and ample storage for his county barn operations. There are also four large covered bays that will allow for parking equipment out of the elements.
“I was real pleased with the purchase and the price as well,” he added.
The Highway 31 location provided some challenges getting big equipment into and out of the gates with the busy traffic in the area. That won’t be a problem at the new site, Grant said.
“It was a dangerous situation every day,” he said.
The location will also allow him to get to locations throughout the precinct easier, he said.
With the active development taking place at the Highway 31 intersection, Grant said he was worried that the owner of the property would want to start building on the land, and when he heard about the availability of the Hulcher property in late April, things fell in place for the purchase.
Grant said he hoped to have the move completed within the next week.
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COMMISSIONERS MEETING BRIEFS
By Bob Belcher/Daily Sun Staff Writer
Consent agenda approved
Minutes of previous meetings, certification of revenue, and two budget changes were approved on the court’s consent agenda.
No action on burn ban
With drought index levels below the 400 range, and some parts of the county in the 200 range, commissioners took no action on any burn ban for the county.
Victim’s coordinator grant OK’d
A resolution for application for grant funding for the Victim’s Coordinator position in the district attorney’s office was approved. The state grant pays for one-half of the expenses of the position.
Proposal due date changed
Commissioners authorized a change in the due date for construction proposals for the courthouse renovation. The new deadline is 2 p.m. on June 10.
Commissioners approved the county judge’s appointment of Kyra Hooser to the Navarro County Health Department board.
HIDTA agreement OK’d
An agreement service order with CITRIX for IT services for the HIDTA was approved by the court. The county is the “pass through” agency for funding for the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area operation.
Program 1115 funds approved
Commissioners approved a quarterly payment of $125,000 to Navarro Regional Hospital for services provided under the Program 1115 Waiver program, providing indigent health care for the county.
SUP requests granted
Requests for two temporary water pumping stations by O’Brien Energy were approved. One station will be located at Mattie Caston Park near SECR 3130, the second west of SECR 3130 and north of SECR 3100.
Salvage requests approved
A pick up truck, three obsolete metal detectors, a set of nerf bars, a pickup topper and a power washer were all declared salvage for the purpose of disposing of the items.
Power poles approved
Commissioners authorized Navarro County Electric Coop to place 10 40 foot power poles adjacent to a county fence in the right-of-way on NWCR 1160 in Precinct 1.
Road crossing approved
Permission was granted to Universal Pegasus International Pipeline, a contractor for Atmos Energy, to bore under several county roads in Precinct 4 to place a natural gas line.
Equipment rental, purchase approved
In separate actions, commissioners approved the rental of equipment in Precinct 3 for a road reclamation project, and the purchase of a new motor grader in Precinct 2.