Upshur commissioners to ponder major actions
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Aug 15, 2013 | 898 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Upshur County Commissioners Court will consider acting on such major matters as the forthcoming 2013-14 county budget, an oil and gas lease on the county's "school land," and the county employees' health insurance plan, at the court's regular semi-monthly meeting Thursday.

Those are among 15 items on the 9 a.m. agenda, counting such routine matters as the invocation, pledge of allegiance, and adjournment.

The county recently sought proposals on the health insurance plan for the first time since 2004, and began discussing the county budget during a nearly 4-hour special meeting last week. The court has received two bids on the insurance matter, one of them from its current third-party administrator, but only one bid on the lease.

Commissioners will consider the lease bid from PETEX, a Breckendridge firm, on Upshur County-owned "school land" in Throckmorton County. Certain revenue from Upshur County-owned land in Baylor and Throckmorton Counties, located in West Texas, is annually distributed among school districts lying partly or wholly in Upshur County.

In other business at Thursday's meeting, to be held in the County Courtroom on the downtown courthouse's third floor, the court will consider approving:

--Continuing the outdoor rural burning ban issued Friday by County Judge Dean Fowler (see separate story.)

--One of the proposals for the county telephone system.

--One of the proposals for county computer software.

--An interlocal agreement with the Kilgore-based East Texas Council of Governments for 9-1-1 "Public Safety Answering Point Services."

--Election judges and alternate judges for the term starting Sept. 1.

--A cooperative working agreement between ETMC-Gilmer hospital and the county Sheriff's Office.

--Action concerning the current renovation of the courthouse basement.

--Paying an invoice from Sydaptic, Inc. from the Courthouse Security fund.

--Several routine items which are normally sub-grouped under one item on the agenda, such as payroll changes and paying bills.
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August 15, 2013
How can you increase money for the sheriff's office,, when you say the county is 1 million short,,, Just does not make any since,,,

Hell, can not fix the roads.. and could not even get enough people involved to get the taxing initiates to vote down the tax appraisal raises,,,

knowing the country is supposedly broke,,,

Again,,, county politics are the laughing stock of the area,,,