County prepares for March 6 primaries
By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners made several decisions at their Jan. 23 meeting concerning early voting for the March 6 primary elections. The court also voted to conduct the May 5 election for the hospital district, received two donations, got an update on the prison and dealt with other matters.
As for the elections preparations, the court:
• Approved a resolution to hold the Democrat and Republic March 6 primaries jointly.
• Designated the courthouse, 200 W. State Street in Groesbeck, as the main polling place for early voting in person; and the courthouse annex in Mexia, 205 S. McKinney, as the temporary branch for early voting in person.
• Agreed that all voters may vote at either location for the primaries.
• Agreed that the method of voting would be the same as it has been, which is by electronic touch-screen ballot.
• Approved the dates and time of early voting for the primaries as follows:
Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 20-23: Courthouse, Room G-6 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mexia Annex – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Courthouse, Room G-6 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mexia Annex – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday-Friday, Feb. 26–March 2: Courthouse, Room G-6 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Mexia Annex – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Approved for the record the renting of a Port-a-Potty at the Pct. 303 polling place, which is in Ben Hur, since its community center does not have restrooms.
In a matter concerning the May 5 General Election, the court approved a contract with South Limestone Hospital District to conduct its election, using the standard agreement.
Later in the meeting, Elections Administrator Jennifer Southard announced that she had reserved the use of Thornton’s new community center for the election.
In other matters, the court received two donations, the first from the Knights of Columbus for $600 to buy a bullet-proof vest for the Sheriff’s Office. In the second instance, Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan presented a donation of $2,100 from the Mexia Economic Development Corporation for the Fairgrounds.
“I thought it was kind of unusual that we didn’t have any people from the northern end of the county making donations,” he told the court, “so on behalf of Mexia Economic Development, I’d like to give you this check.”
The donation was not on the agenda, however, so the court took possession of the check but the court members agreed that its acceptance would have to be put on the next meeting’s agenda and be officially voted upon.
In other business, LCDC Warden Richard Alford, with LaSalle Corrections, told commissioners about progress in restoring the county-owned prison, the Limestone County Detention Center. The facility had 221 inmates the day of the commissioners court’s Jan. 23 meeting, he said.
On another subject concerning law enforcement, the court approved renewing an interlocal agreement with Freestone County to house its overflow inmates, under the same terms as the previous contract. Similarly, commissioners approved a new inter-local agreement with Denton County for housing its overflow inmates, under standard terms.
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