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County commissioners to discuss dedicating a bridge/road for Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen

Duane Allen
Duane Allen

Lamar County Commissioners, in their meeting Monday, will consider a proposal to dedicate a road and bridge in southeast Lamar County to Duane Allen, lead singer of the Oak Ridge Boys music group.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Lawrence Malone said residents of the Taylortown community wish to honor Allen for his achievement as a successful country/gospel music artist by dedicating to Allen and the Oak Ridge Boys the Big Sandy Creek Bridge on County Road 16590, near where Allen grew up.

Items 9 and 10 on the agenda pertain to discussion and/or action on executing a proclamation in support of a road and bridge dedication. The actual dedication ceremony would be scheduled for a later date.

The Oak Ridge Boys are expected to be admitted soon to the Texas and National “Country Music Hall of Fame.”

They have already been admitted to the Grand Ole Opry and Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, in addition to many other awards.

 Monday’s meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom on the first floor of the Lamar County Courthouse.

Also on Monday’s commissioners court agenda are these items:

1.  Approval of minutes. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

2.  Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court executing a Proclamation of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to declare the month of January, 2014, as “Crime Stoppers Month”. Executive Director, Lamar County Crime Stoppers, William (Buddy) Heuberger; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.   

3.  Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court resolving to not use excessive force in the event of a non-violent civil rights demonstration. –Charles Edwards, Resource Management & Consulting Company; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr. 

4. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court resolving to be in compliance with the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Regulations regarding Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. (See attached).

Section 3 of the Act is a series of rules which, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment and contracting opportunities for Section 4 businesses and residents. – Charles Edwards, Resource Management & Consulting Company; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.  

5. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court casting votes, by resolution, for a candidate(s) to the Board of Directors for the Lamar County Appraisal District. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

6. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court ratifying the publishing of “requests for proposal” for removal of debris caused by the winter ice storm December 5-9, 2013. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.  

7. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving “Certificate of Participation” from the V.G. Young Institute of County Government.  Lamar County Tax Assessor-Collector, Haskell Maroney has successfully completed educational training at the School for County Tax Assessor-Collectors in College Station, Texas on November 18-20, 2013. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

8.  Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court applying for a grant with the Texas Historical Commission for funding for courthouse repairs.  This item contemplates executing an agreement with Archi-Texas architectural firm for services to prepare the grant application. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

9. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving a copy of a letter that Judge Superville sent to the Texas Department of Transportation requesting FY2014 assistance with materials to repair and maintain county roads damaged by the impact of the 2060 Weight Tolerance permits. The assistance allotment for Lamar County is $18,640.  – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

12. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving a letter to notify Lamar County that our county is eligible to participate in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Economically Disadvantaged Counties Program for Fiscal Year 2014.  – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

13.  Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to discuss information obtained from the meeting this week with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regards to the removal and clean-up debris which resulted from the catastrophic winter ice storm which occurred December 5-9, 2013.  The estimated Preliminary Disaster Assessment (PDA) which includes “City of Blossom”, “City of Reno”, “City of Roxton”, and un-incorporated areas of Lamar County is $15.2 million. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

14. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving an update and status report on repairs, and needed repairs, in the Courthouse and/or other County property.  The item contemplates Lamar County Commissioners taking reasonable action as needed to repair and/or maintain County property. — County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

15. Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to participate in a workshop training exercise provided by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). This training will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Extension Office, located in the conference room, behind the Red River County Courthouse, 400 North Cedar (Hwy 37S) in Clarksville, Texas.  Mr. Greg Brienkmeyer with TEEX will provide the workshop training.  This workshop training is to help county officials, in areas affected by increased oil and gas production, prepare cost estimates for road improvements they wish to submit for funding by special funds authorized by the 83rd Texas Legislature.  It will consist of an overview of the general process, followed by hands-on technical assistance with preparation of cost estimates for road projects, which counties plan to submit.  This is in regards to the “County Energy Re-investment Transportation Zone” (CERTZ) grant.  It is estimated that Lamar County is eligible for a minimum grant award of $135,000.  – Commissioner Precinct One, Lawrence Malone; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr. 

16.    Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving a Continuation Certificate for Haskell Maroney as Lamar County Assessor-Collector, Bond No. 24887782. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

17.  Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving a Continuation Certificate for Haskell Maroney as Lamar County Assessor-Collector Bond No. 24887775. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

18. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving a Continuation Certificate for Chuck Superville, as Lamar County Judge. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

19. Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving Continuation Certificate of Public Official Bond for Kathy Marlowe as Lamar County Clerk.  – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

20.  Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court regarding line-item transfers for various offices.  – County Auditor, Melissa Cavender

21. Claims – County Auditor, Melissa Cavender

22. ADJOURN

 

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