Upshur County Commissioners Court at its first meeting of 2012 Friday will consider advertising for bids on the surface lease on the county-owned “school land” in West Texas.
That is among 14 items on the agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting on the third floor of the downtown county courthouse.
The nine school districts lying partly or wholly in Upshur County derive revenue from the Upshur County government’s leasing out of property which the county owns in Baylor and Throckmorton Counties.
The court will also consider approving a letter of preclearance issued by the U.S. Department of Justice pertaining to the 2011 redistricting plan that redrew lines for county commissioners’ precincts.
In other business Friday, the court will consider action on the county’s vehicle use policy; revising specifications for subdivision roads; and purchasing a vehicle for Fire Marshal Paul Steelman (whose county vehicle was destroyed when a tree fell on it).
The court is also scheduled to consider:
• Seeking bids on numerous items for the Road and Bridge Department, ranging from gasoline and diesel fuel to plant mixed asphalt, culverts and rental equipment, among others.
• Starting the 2-year waiting period for Heritage Bend, a road in the Serenity States subdivision, to qualify for being maintained by the county.
• Bids on property foreclosed for delinquent taxes.
• A request from the Upshur County Community Fund to place its tally board on the courthouse lawn during its annual fund drive in March, and/or permission to use the courthouse sidewalk Saturday, April 7, for a bake sale in conjunction with the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.
• The chamber’s request to use the lawn for that hunt at 11 a.m. that day.
• Naming a private road in Raintree Lakes subdivision on the east side of Red Fox Road, located .25 of a mile from Raintree Lakes.
• Several mostly-routine items, subgrouped together under one item on the agenda. They include the aforementioned preclearance, and such routine items as approving payroll, approving accounts payable, considering any budget amendments, etc.