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July 15, 2014

County changes speed on 4 roads

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Speed limits along four Cherokee County roads were set to 35 miles per hour following a public hearing Monday at the County Courthouse.

Commissioners voted to lower the speed per request of residents living along CR 4910, CR 4911, CR 4912 and CR 4918, despite the fact that no one showed up for the public hearing, said County Judge Chris Davis.

During Monday's meeting, the court also accepted a proposal by the County Public Health Department to enter into an agreement with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, which gives them access to a $75,000 grant that helps promote healthier lifestyles and nutrition for kids through services and information, the judge said.

The court approved a License and Weight Department request to go for bids for a vehicle to be used by the L&W officer, as well as agreed to lease-purchase financing of IBM computer equipment because a courthouse computer server is so old that the company said they were no longer going to service it.

“So, we have to get a new one, and we'll have it installed by September,” Davis said.

Other items addressed during the meeting were renewal of county employee health insurance with the Texas Association of Counties, recognition of the Cherokee County Historical Commission with a distinguished service award and recognition of county public health department employees, who received a positive audit from the Department of State Health Services.

Separate from the meeting, but held Monday, was a workshop on a proposed $20 million county budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

While the proposed amount is larger than last year's, “we're not proposing any kind of tax increase,” Judge Davis said.

The proposed increase will address the rise in insurance costs and retirement funding, transitioning some part-time employees to full-time status and a possible across-the-board raise for county employees.

This is the first look commissions have had at the proposed budget, which they will tweak in time for implementation on Oct. 1.

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