County Clerk Peggy LaGrone, whose office supervises elections in the county, said that there are 11 amendments on the ballot, and amendment elections usually have a light turnout.
She said she suggested one polling place per commissioner precinct to save the county money.
One person in the audience commented that since one amendment deals with eminent domain, the turnout may be higher than usual for an amendment election.
The commissioners designated the following locations for the election.
• Commissioner Pct. 1, Voter Pct. 5, Glenwood Water Supply Corp.
• Comm. Pct. 2, Voter Pct. 6, Ore City City Hall.
• Commissioner Pct. 3, Voter Pct. 14, the Gladewater Former Students Building.
• Comm. Pct. 4, Voter Pct. 19, the Rosewood Baptist Church.
The only early voting location will be at the Upshur County Courthouse.
The commissioners also approved a request from county extension agent for family and consumer sciences Joey O’Dowd to give him $443 for mileage and other travel expenses to attend an upcoming Texas Extension Education Association state conference in San Antonio.
They also voted to set the county’s contribution to the Texas County and District Retirement System for the 2010 plan year. The rate was set at 9.88 percent.
They took action to accept Private Road 3369 into the 2-year waiting period for the county road system.
They took no action on an offer from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to sell the county surplus property belonging to TxDOT.
TxDOT will now see if New Hope Independent Baptist Church, located next to the property, is interested in purchasing it.
Commissioners vote to deny a request from Treasurer Myra Harris to make it mandatory for all new hires to be paid through direct deposit.
A motion from Pct. 2 Comm. James Crittenden and seconded by Pct. 3 Comm. Lloyd Crabtree, to “leave it as it is (with employees choosing to use direct deposit or not)” passed unanimously.
The commmissioners approved the purchase of 12 office chairs for the dispatch department and the jail. Six of them, with rollers, will cost $295 each, with the other six costing $105 each. They will be paid for with nondepartmental funds.
They also gave Mrs. Harris permission to use an office next to hers in the basement of the courthouse for her department which has been vacated by the county Technology Department.
They also considered adopting the county budget and tax rate (See separate story.)