Redistribution and subsidization of road drainage systems among items on the agenda of Commissioners’ tribunals on Monday
The Hopkins County Commissioners’ Court has an upcoming Monday with redistribution discussions, considering a grant for road drainage systems and appointing architects to build a community safety room among the items on the agenda of the three meetings of the day.
The county has applied to FEMA through the Texas Department of Emergency Management for the Risk Mitigation Assistance Grant / Infrastructure and Community Building Program Grant for Resilience, in the goal of building a community safety room. An approved grant requires an 80/20 percent match, with 80 percent of the funding coming from the grant and the county providing a 20 percent match.
The community safe room will serve a number of purposes, including as a community shelter in extreme weather conditions or as a site for certain types of mass distributions, such as a secure space from which vaccines could be administered or supplies distributed. The community safety room would also likely serve as a new county-wide emergency operations center.
In order to make it as safe as possible, the Community Safety Room would be built much like the part of the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center where the inmates are housed. It is expected to have solid concrete floors, as well as strong walls and ceilings to make it sturdy, able to withstand extreme weather conditions such as a tornado. The CSR is to be located across from the county jail, will include a toilet and a kitchenette, county officials reported in sessions held over the summer.
During the 10h00 special sessionMonday, November 1, the Commissioners Tribunal is also to meet in the courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse to consider large application DR-4586 for drainage systems associated with County Roads 1178, 1180, 1186 and 4729, as well as ‘at Pipeline Road.
The court will also be asked during this session to pledge to provide 20% funding for the conversion of local government and county lighting to LED lighting.
An agreement between the county clerk and Vista Solutions Group and a contract between the county and DRG Architects LLC to build a community safety room are also on the commissioner’s court agenda at 10 a.m.
As a result of the special meeting called, the court is scheduled at 10:30 am on November 1st to reconvene in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the first floor of the Courthouse at 118 Church Street in a working session to discuss the redistribution of Hopkins County. A budget work session can also be held during this work session.
The Court of Commissioners, in addition to their other duties in their precinct, is scheduled for Monday to then conduct another working session at 6 p.m. Monday November 1, in the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center Emergency Operations Center / Training Room. This will be their regular meeting with the volunteer firefighters. Many also hold a budget work session at this meeting, depending on the agenda.
The tribunal is then scheduled to reconvene in executive session at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, at the offices of the Sulfur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, located at 1200 Enterprise Lane, to discuss a development opportunity behind closed doors. economical for the county. Agenda sites Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Section 087, who specifically notes that this type of meeting can be discussed in camera:
“(1) to discuss or deliberate concerning business or financial information that the government body has received from a business prospect that the government body seeks to locate, stay or develop in or near the territory of the body government and with which the government agency the agency conducts negotiations on economic development; or (2) to deliberate on the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect described in subsection (1).
The agenda does not show the court resuming open session on Thursday to take action related to the closed session, but lists a budget work session afterwards.