• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, left, congratulates Emergency Services District No. 1 board members Tom Dean, center, and James Collins shortly after swearing them in before commissioners court’s Dec. 27 meeting.

Court announces LCAD election results

A summary of Limestone County commissioners court’s Dec. 27 meeting

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners learned at their Dec. 27 meeting the result of the recent Limestone County Appraisal District board election.

The court received the results and also heard from an attorney on the high-speed railway, and on opioid addiction litigation; and received updates on the county-owned prison renovations and Fairgrounds upgrades; and took care of other routine matters.

As for the Appraisal Board election, County Judge Daniel Burkeen announced the results: The winners include Commissioner John McCarver, Jack Beene, Troy Miller, Mack Jones and Ron Franks.

Also at the meeting, attorney Blake Beckham, of the law firm The Beckham Group, spoke of areas in which opponents of the project have restrained the project from going forward quickly.

In the second matter, Beckham urged the commissioners to join other counties in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma for its promotion of opioid-based painkillers that have ensnared millions in addiction, causing the county to have to spend its money; and the court voted to do just that.

Also concerning the high-speed railway, Burkeen announced that there would be a public meeting at Mexia High School on Jan. 31 on the railway. He said the recently completed Environmental Impact Statement would be available at the County Clerk’s office and the library in Mexia; and would also be available electronically for those who request it.

On a separate subject, Sheriff Dennis Wilson told the court that the fire inspection at F Building of the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned prison, should take place within two weeks. Wilson has been working closely with LaSalle Corrections to get F Building open so nearly a hundred beds would open up. The only thing lacking has been passing a fire inspection, which has encountered setbacks for weeks.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Wilson said, “but we finally got all the paperwork. The fire marshall is happy. All the red lights are blinking green, so that’s a good thing.”

Also concerning the LCDC, the court approved paying invoices totaling $15,498 for utilities at the prison.

Wilson said the number of inmates at the LCDC that morning was 199; and the number at the jail 125, of which 31 were being held for Freestone County and two for Johnson County.

Also at the meeting, the court accepted a $600 donation from Glen Carroll and his daughter, Linda McGowan, toward the purchase of a bullet-proof vest for sheriff’s deputies.

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