Commissioners meet
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Nov 27, 2013 | 407 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Upshur County Commissioners Court will consider acting Wednesday (today) to assist the Pritchett Water Supply Corp. in applying for two grants from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The two actions are among 15 agenda items for the 9 a.m. meeting on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse. (Those 15 include matters such as the invocation, pledge of allegiance and adjournment.)

The court will consider sponsoring an application for the corporation to seek a STEP (Small Towns Environmental Program) grant of up to $350,000 to increase water line sizes, said grant consultant Mary Kay Thomas of Amazing Grants in Big Sandy. The agenda item would authorize County Judge Dean Fowler to submit a letter to the Agriculture Department requesting grant assistance.

Commissioners will also consider sponsoring an application for 2015-2016 funding through the department’s Texas Community Development Block Grant Program. Ms. Thomas said that potential grant would be up to $275,000, possibly for drilling a well.

The county government would be out no money for either grant, but regulations require it be the sponsoring agency. While the potential STEP grant requires no matching funds from Pritchett Water Supply, the other possible grant would require a match of at least five percent, Ms. Thomas said.

The court is also scheduled to consider two computer-related matters Wednesday.

They include renewing its contract with Inline Network Integration, which oversees the county’s computer system, as well as requesting proposals for computer hardware and software upgrades

The court will also consider purchasing constable ticket books from contingency funds, and a resolution supporting a grant for a constable camera.

Other items for consideration on today’s agenda include:

• Voting for one or more candidates for the Upshur County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

• Closing a secondary bathroom on the courthouse’s first floor and moving its fixtures to the Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Office in Gladewater, which Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner said will bring the Gladewater facility into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and gain space for storage in the courthouse.

• Acting on a tax resale deed and resolution from a tax lawsuit.

• Purchasing a chair for the County Clerk’s Office.

• Several largely routine items (such as paying bills and approving the payroll), which are subgrouped under one item on the agenda.

• Hearing a presentation from the Gilmer High School Future Farmers of America “Ag Issues” team, which is appearing before several groups as practice for its upcoming state contest.
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