Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
The Adopt a County Road Program has its first participants.
On Monday, Cherokee County Commissioners gave full approval to a request from Petty Estate Homeowners to adopt a portion of County Road 3504 as part of beautification program the court approved in February.
The road is in Precinct 3, an area represented by Commissioner Katherine Pinotti, who initially urged the court to embrace the program, modeled on the Texas Department of Transportation's 1985 Adopt-A-Highway program.
“I wish people wouldn't throw trash out, but (the program) is a good idea, because we have people dedicated to keeping these neighborhoods clean,” said County Judge Chris Davis. “And this group will be the first to do that in our county.”
Commissioners also agreed to assist with a handicap parking project at Caddo Mounds State Historical Park outside Alto, on Texas Highway 21.
“They've been redoing (the site), and are creating a place for handicapped visitors to be able to pull off the road and easily access historical stuff out there,” Davis explained. “The commissioners are going to see about getting it graded, things like that, which will help them save on cost.”
An agenda item calling for the approval of an E-File Texas Payment process also was unanimously adopted.
“Everything is electronic now – (society) is getting away from paper, so what this does is set up a payment system so that when someone files papers electronically, they can pay by credit. You can still write a check or pay by cash, but because a lot of (transactions) will be on the internet, people can pay with a credit or debit card,” the judge said.
The court's approval will get the implementation process started, he said, describing how this will quickly help cut back on storage of paper records.
“As far as storage, storing paper eats you up (because of the space needed). Awhile back we got our records digitalized, and you can either fill boxes and boxes, or use a hard drive, which doesn't take up as much space,” Davis said.
An equipment request by Pct. 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti was tabled during Monday's meeting.
According to Davis, the original agenda item focused on the sale of two Mack dump trucks and acquisition of two new trucks for that precinct, but at the meeting, “it came up different than what was on the agenda.”
He said Pinotti only wanted to purchase one truck, rather than a pair of trucks, and had decided not to sell the vehicles after all.
“So we passed on that item,” he said, adding that Pinotti cast the sole dissenting vote in the court's decision.