Navarro County Commissioners Court took time during its regular meeting, Monday, June 10, to recognize the efforts of County staff and citizens who assisted in cleaning up the aftermath of the latest round of storms.
“We had hundreds of trees down yesterday in Precinct 1,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner Jason Grant. “It looked like a bomb went off. There was a tree down every ten yards as far as you could see.”
Grant said a local man, Roland Christian, volunteered to drive down county roads clearing trees with his bulldozer, saving County crews valuable time as they worked to address the debris caused by high winds.
“He was instrumental in helping us,” said Grant. “And the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department and other neighbors were out yesterday on four wheelers with chainsaws. The community really pitched in and helped us and I want them to know how much I appreciate it. We never would have gotten done without their help.”
Commissioners approved a five-year tax abatement for a downtown property, located at 220 N. Beaton, owned by Slamn Jmmbn Opportunists, LLC.
Karie Denny, Main Street Director for the City of Corsicana, told Commissioners the company has made a $250,000 investment developing upstairs lofts on the property.
With unanimous approval from Commissioners, the company will receive a five-year tax abatement, after which time it may not reapply for abatements for ten years.
Page Bishop, County Extension Agent, requested approval to accept the donation of a 12 by 20 ft. storage building for the 4-H and Navarro County Extension office.
Bishop told Commissioners that the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, was not only gifting the storage building, but also paying to have it moved its new location behind the Extension office.
Commissioners approved the donation and thanked its donor for their generosity.
In other business, Jeff Stapleton presented the results of the Emergency Service District 1 audit for 2018 for Commissioners' approval, which was granted unanimously.
The Tax Collection Report for May 2019 compiled by County Tax Assessor/Collector Mike Dowd was approved, as well as contracts between the Navarro County District Clerk's Officer, Tyler Technologies and Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division for electronic access of records as presented by District Clerk Joshua Tackett.
A lengthy executive session discussing economic development saw no action when Commissioners returned to open session.