Court of Commissioners plans to close part of CR 4746 and set cleaning days

The Hopkins County Commissioner’s Court is expected to consider closing a portion of CR 4746, setting county cleanup days and two flat requests during the regular court session on Monday, March 14, 2022.

Submitted for court approval at the meeting is a request and petition to close and abandon a portion of County Road 4746.

Hopkins County Courthouse

The Court of Commissioners was asked to review a preliminary subdivision for the Oak Grove subdivision as well as a new subgrade for Honeysuckle Estates Lot 14 Phase One and Lot 37 Phase 3.

The court of commissioners will also be asked to consider setting annual county clean-up days. Offered are Friday and Saturday April 29-30.

As required, the agenda shows the county judge formally ordering a special constitutional amendment election on May 7, 2022. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on February 16 setting May 7 as the date for the special election for two proposals, which could have an impact on local school taxes. The judge is required to order the election, a formality for it to appear on the county ballot.

The two constitutional amendments were proposed by two joint resolutions, submitted by the 87th Texas Legislature, second convened session, and the 87th Texas Legislature, third convened session, of the State of Texas.

According to the Governor’s proclamation, the proposals shall be as follows:

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSAL #1

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general primary and secondary public education purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect any statutory reduction from the previous tax year in the maximum compressed rate of maintenance and operating taxes imposed for these purposes on homesteads.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSAL #2

“The Constitutional Amendment increasing the amount of the homestead ad valorem tax exemption for public schools from $25,000 to $40,000.”

On February 14, 2022, the Court of Commissioners agreed to consolidate the electoral districts from 12 to 6 for the May 7 special election. Early voting will continue to take place in the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Courtroom, located inside the Hopkins County Courthouse Annex Building on Jefferson Street from April 25 through May 3. 2022.

The court will consider approving the agreements with the volunteer firefighters who have handed them over since February 14. The deadline for VFDs to sign their agreements and return them to the county was before the end of the first week of February. Only five of the county’s VFDs had them fired at the February 14, 2022, court of commissioners meeting. All of those deals were approved and accepted by the court. County officials planned to contact the other six departments regarding the documents.

Fire protection agreements stipulate what VFDs accept in exchange for certain funding and other benefits provided by the county. For example, the court reimburses insurance costs, fuel costs and pays an allowance to each VFD, as agreed in the agreement, to help with operating expenses.

In the last 2 years the departments each received air cylinders and last year also received assistance of up to a certain amount of funding to be used to obtain tires for the VFD trucks from the supplier at a reduced rate.

Sulfur Bluff, Como, North Hopkins/South Sulphur, Cumby, Miller Grove and Tira VFDs had yet to return the agreements to the county when the other five agreements were approved at the February 14 Court of Commissioners meeting. 2022.

The commissioners’ CFUs will also be noted.

The minutes of the meetings of February 14 and March 4 are submitted for approval on the agenda.

The applications submitted for consideration by the Court of Commissioners at the regular 9 a.m. meeting on Monday, March 14, 2022 are applications by Spectrum/Charter to construct and place meter base posts or ground meter bases on the County Road 4760 and County Road 3504, and Oncor Electric for a service order.

Immediately after the adjournment of the regular meeting, the Court of Commissioners was to move to the third floor of the courthouse for a business session. The commissioners and judge are to discuss department operations, expenditures, and any proposed improvements and repairs with Sheriff Lewis Tatum and Fire Marshal Andy Endsley; and county building maintenance with Tom Glosup. The court may also hold a budget work session.

The following Monday, March 21, the court is scheduled to meet at noon at the offices of the Sulfur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation at 1200 Enterprise Lane to discuss economic development in Hopkins County.

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