Pct. 4 Commissioner Mike Spencer and County Judge Dean Fowler had addressed the Union Hill School Board on March 6 concerning the proposed change, which would also move the site for school board elections to the church. Spencer told the court Friday that the school "for security reasons" did not need voters coming onto the campus for elections.
By law, the court, not the school, decides whether to move the voting box, but Fowler told commissioners Union Hill ISD officials favored relocating the site.
In other business Friday, the court approved accepting $164,824.20 from TransCanada for road use damages which Fowler said were related to work the firm did on its pipeline.
Commissioners also approved accepting $4,500 from Dr. Harold Bolnick to lower a culvert on Dove Road.
County Road Administrator Andy Jordan said the culvert is a rail car, which the doctor and his wife believe is creating a hazard by backing up water on their land. Jordan said that although the doctor was willing to pay for the work, he (Jordan) needed the court's approval to perform the job, which Fowler said is not being done on the doctor's property.
Mrs. Gentry said the Texas Association of Counties told her the proposed project was legal.
Also Friday, the court:
--Tabled without voting, for further study, a proposal to remove stream-radio and Facebook access from the county computer system "due to band-width issues/network performance."
--Reassigned a Dodge Charger auto formerly used by Pct. 1 Constable Gene Dolle to the Sheriff's Office since Dolle obtained a new patrol vehicle for himself through a state grant.
--Reassigned purchase of a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup from Fund 10 to Fund 13, and reassigned the vehicle from the Sheriff's Office to building maintenance. In doing so, the court made a $4,500 line item transfer to Fund 13.
--Appointed Tom Stamper, an employee of Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, to the Community Healthcore Board of Directors.
--Approved buying four copying machines, at a total cost of $5,000, to be distributed among the Sheriff's Office, County Clerk's Office and Commissioners' office.
--Authorized installing fans in rest rooms at the Road and Bridge Department, a move Jordan said would cost less than $100.
--Approved the Gilmer Area Ministerial Fellowship's request to hold prayer meetings on the courthouse lawn. Grace Baptist Church Pastor Andy Plunk, representing the group, said it plans perhaps two or three such meetings the first year if there is sufficient interest.
--Approved American Legion member Jimmy Sanders's request for his organization to use the flagpole and grounds at the Upshur County Library for a July 4 memorial service.
(A story concerning other action by the court at Friday's meeting appeared in Saturday's edition of The Mirror).