Renewing covenant

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis adds his signature Tuesday to a joint document between the county government and the City of Jacksonville proclaiming their commitment to a military community covenant.

RUSK – Cherokee County Commissioners' Court members accepted a variety of bids from several entities to help meet the county's needs during the upcoming fiscal year, with a unanimous vote by the court on Tuesday.

“This will allow us to purchase things as they are needed from these vendors,” Judge Chris Davis said after the meeting, noting that the bids were for things such as road materials, culverts, office supplies and other various and sundry items.

In other action, county leaders approved a request from Keystone regarding an upgrade for County Road 2630.

In an Aug. 27 email to Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton – who was not present at Tuesday's meeting – Todd Snow, the US Land representative for US Land Services West, wrote that “the upgrades will ensure our vehicles have safe and reliable access to and from our Lufkin Pump Station.”

Project details note that Continental Concrete LLC is the contractor for the project, which is estimated at $85,677. Upgrades will include two corners; an upgrade of the entrance from CR 2630 and 2628; and “fill (in) multiple erosional features along CR 2630 (in which) the contractor will utilize the same method and materials as listed on the engineered drawings.”

“Keystone shall be responsible for the shared future maintenance of normal wear and tear to said County Road 2630 on a 50/50 pro-rata basis with Cherokee County, not to exceed $5,000 per year” on the company's part, the email noted.

Also during the meeting, the court:

• Approved a request for Precinct 1 to assist Rocky Springs Cemetery Association with culvert repair. Pct. 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor said the repair would make a road through the cemetery passable so that users could get to the back of that property.

• Approved an interlocal agreement between the county and Alto ISD for conducting a Nov. 5 special election;

• Approved a list of election judges and alternate judges for a Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment special election;

• Approved a joint proclamation with the City of Jacksonville and Cherokee County stating their commitment to a community covenant in support of local military and their families;

• Approval of tax refund(s) of $500 or more;

• Approved a request from Southern Utilities to lay a utility line on CR 3602 in Precinct 3;

• Approved the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department monthly report;

• Approved a consent agenda that includes court meeting minutes, a License & Weight monthly report and authorization of payment of bills, payroll and transfer of funds.

Also during the meeting, the first of two public hearings for a proposed 59.5-cent county property tax was held, with no public comment made. The tax is unchanged since the 2016-17 fiscal year, and will fund the county recently adopted $22,747,936 budget.

A second tax rate hearing is slated for the court's Sept. 17 meeting; following the hearing, county leaders will vote on adopting the proposed rate.

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