Resolutions, Ground Lease, Software, Court Approved of Hopkins County Commissioners.
The Hopkins County Commissioner’s Court decided to apply for a Risk Mitigation Assistance Grant and support state funding to match competitive federal rail programs. Approval was also given for the rental of county property, new software for the county assessor/collector’s office, printer/copier contracts, vacation schedule and some budget amendments. at Friday’s regular commissioner’s court meeting.
Hopkins County Commissioners Court has agreed to delegate Precinct 3 Commissioner Wade Bartley to sell/rent county property from the courthouse steps as he is an experienced auctioneer business.
The 1.2 acres are located within the 4. County precinct of property around Rushing Cemetery and can lease it for oil and gas purposes. Bartley is to auction off the oil and gas lease to the highest bidder, after the required notices are posted, on the steps of the courthouse.
County Auditor Shannah Aulsbrook recommended a budget amendment transferring the $5,346.32 raised by selling old equipment at auction to the Precinct 3 Equipment Fund, $36,956.25 to the repair budget for the enclosure 4 and $3424.40 sold at an earlier date in the enclosure 3 equipment line.
Contracts with Datamax for printers/copiers for the offices of the Justices of the Peace and the Office of the District Clerk were also approved by the Court of Commissioners.
Tax assessor/collector Debbie Mitchell asked the court to consider approving a contract with Spindlemedia for her office. She noted that the proposed system is one county officials discussed at a past work session.
Spindlemedia only deals with tax collection and their software offers more support and more options for taxpayers. With so many people preferring not to show up to the office, this will give taxpayers an option that doesn’t require them to do so.
Spindlemedia is a Flower Mound company specializing in cloud-based tax collection software, tailor-made for Texas. The company’s website boasts of its “comprehensive software suite” designed to “automate virtually every task in the office.” Among the products offered are a tax suite designed to make “even the most complex collection processes seamless”, a general ledger with “total accounting software package”, special handling of inventory taxes as well as processing of permits and refills of beer, wine and liquor.
Precinct 3 commissioner Wade Bartley said the current company used doesn’t just deal with taxes, which resulted in a few hiccups.
“I think it would benefit everyone to take the step,” Bartley said, when he presented a motion to accept the proposed contract with Spindlemedia.
The company plans to start working behind the scenes this summer and early fall, but won’t bill the county until the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2022.
The Court of Commissioners approved a resolution “in support of state funding to match competitive federal rail programs.” The court hopes that submitting this to state legislators will prompt them to consider allocating additional funds to shortline railroads, particularly the NETEX (Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District) which spans many counties and needs a lot of money to fund a lot of needed repairs on the rail.
The railroad is “vitally important to Hopkins County and other counties, but could certainly be an even better resource for freight delivery,” according to Bartley, who served on the NETEX board of directors. few years ago. Currently, due to the condition of the rail, trains can only run at a maximum of 10 miles per hour. Many large companies depend on it, especially Farmers Coop and another local company that manufactures plastics. Improving the rail would allow cars to travel it at faster speeds, up to Class 2, which would get products to and from businesses faster and more reliably.
A resolution was also passed designating the county judge to represent the county in all matters related to submitting a request for risk mitigation assistance for DR-4486. In this document, the county pledges to provide 10% local matching funds to obtain and complete a FEMA mitigation grant.
The Court of Commissioners approved a public holiday schedule for 2022-23 with the same public holidays to be observed, including June 16, which was added for 2021-22.
Two Farmers Electric Cooperative applications for the construction of power distribution facilities on a county road in Area 1 and another in Area 3 were also approved.