• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Limestone County commissioners court canvasses election returns of the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment Election at their Nov. 14 meeting. Shown here, clockwise from left, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver, and Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson.

Canvassed county election returns easily approved

A summary of Limestone County commissioners court meeting of Nov. 14

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners canvassed the election returns from the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment Election but found nothing out of the ordinary, so they approved the returns.

The court took this step at the Nov. 14 meeting and also opened responses to their request for qualifications from legal firms, heard some bids on a new pug mill and made decisions on a variety of other matters.

As for the canvassing of election returns, the commissioners are required by law to perform this task, which is usually routine in nature.

Elections Administrator Jennifer Johnson told the court that there was a larger turnout than expected, mainly because of heavy voting in Groesbeck, where a $5 million school bond was on the ballot – and ultimately passed.

“Groesbeck ISD had a big turnout,” Johnson said.

On another subject, the court opened the responses they had received to its advertised Request for Qualifications from legal firms: Allison, Bass and Magee, of Austin; George Hyde, of Georgetown; and Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee, of Austin. The court members agreed to put the subject on the next meeting’s agenda to discuss the matter so they each could study the proposals.

In other action, the court heard several offers to sell the county a new pug mill, which is a machine that mixes sand and oil for resurfacing roads. The court agreed during the budget process that the county needed to buy a new pug mill, and Road Administrator Jerry Herin gave the commissioners three bids:

• Texas Bearing Company, of Odessa, offered a 60-foot model for $294,000.

• Midland Machinery Company, of New York City, offered a model for $432,000.

• Pugmill Systems, of Tennessee, offered a 50-foot model for $360,000.

Herin said he preferred TBC since the larger size is better and its proximity would make ordering parts easier. He was not sure if any of the three companies was on the buy board, which is a list of state-approved sources with usually lower prices. Burkeen reminded Herin that a purchase this expensive required the county to advertise for bid requests. Consequently, the court authorized County Auditor Debbie Watson to advertise for bids for a pug mill.

Also at the meeting the court agreed to approve residents Mike and Sherry Berry’s request to be given easement access to their property, which is just off the west side of LCR 402 near the Old Navasota Bridge. They have been crossing county property to access their land, but in preparing their property for financing, their bank needs them to have legal permission established. On Burkeen’s suggestion, the Berrys agreed to have a title lawyer draw up the papers and return to have the court sign off on the paperwork.

In other business, Chief Deputy Murray Agnew gave a brief report on the Limestone County Detention Center, which is the county-owned prison; and the court approved payment of current invoices. Agnew also reported on October statistics at the Sheriff’s Office and County Jail. Likewise, Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick gave the October statistics for the Juvenile Center. 

On another subject, Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen, in his monthly Safety Report, told the court about an accident at the Road and Bridge Department. A worker, trying to discover why a belly dump was not working, crawled on top of it, fell off and broke his arm.

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