Grant sought to help water customers
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Oct 07, 2012 | 934 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Upshur County Commissioners Court on Sept. 28 approved seeking a $273,800 state grant on behalf of the Pritchett Water Supply Corporation.

The county applies to the Texas Department of Agriculture for funding through the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program. County Judge Dean Fowler is designated to act as the county’s Executive Officer and authorized representative in all matters involving the application.

The court also approved an agreement with the corporation regarding the application, and defining terms of agreement if the county is awarded the grant on the corporation’s behalf.

Amazing Grants, Inc. of Big Sandy is assisting with the application and its president, Mary Kay Thomas, said the corporation will match any grant funds now and in the future.

She told The Mirror on Friday that the proposed grant is for drilling a well to assist about 900 existing customers just outside Big Sandy. The corporation would pay $13,700 in matching funds to add to the grant, she said.

Law provides the county seek the grant, but no county funds will be used for the project, Ms. Thomas said. She said the state Agriculture Department will receive the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In other business, the court heard quarterly activity reports from five department heads.

County Engineer Eric Fisher said the Road and Bridge Dept. paved 19 1/2 miles of county roads this summer, and also paved some in the Ore City city limits. He also said the department is mowing, and that he had received many calls about that subject, but “it takes a long time.”

County Librarian Mark Warren reported the library “had a good summer,” serving 1,671 children and 587 adults. The Summer Reading Club drew 511 participants, he said.

He said the institution averages 266 patrons and 280 checkouts daily, and that traffic is increasing.

The court also heard Building Supervisor Charles Daniels, who Fowler praised for repairing a courthouse window for $200 after a firm had said the cost would be $11,000. Daniels said his department is using jail inmate labor for painting.

Commissioners also heard Karmen Kelley, the county’s information/technology officer; and Fire Marshal Paul Steelman.

In other business Sept. 28, the court:

• Approved the county investment policy for 2012-13.

• Adopted COBRA rates effective Oct. 1. County Treasurer Myra Harris said the rate rose from 6.27 percent to 6.54 percent.

• Amended the list of presiding election judges, as proposed by county Republican Party Chairman Cynthia Ridgeway.

• Approved a joint election agreement with Harmony ISD.

• Approved letting the Road and Bridge Department do work at the Yamboree Grounds livestock pavilions under an interlocal agreement with the City of Gilmer.
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