Sunday, November 30, 2008




  County to change land records system
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners are reviewing a contract with a new vendor to provide a land records management system.
Though the county has been using ASC for years, the company’s weakening condition with layoffs and being up for sale has been effecting the quality of its service to the county, County Clerk Gwen Moffeit told commissioners Tuesday.
“There have been errors being made that shouldn’t be made. And my office is doing half their work for them and we’re paying them,” Moffeit said.
Land records dating back to June, 1967, are indexed and available on five viewers in the county basement through ASC.
The proposed new vendor is Eagle Software through Tyler Technologies.
Based in Colorado, Eagle sent a representative some weeks back to go over the features of its system, which includes a cashiering ability to ease service to title companies, Moffeit said.
IT manager Betty Spence and the IT committee have worked closely with Moffeit over the last two months to procure a suitable replacement for ACS.
“Van Zandt and Hunt counties are the latest to also switch to Eagle,” Moffeit said.
Commissioners carefully questioned Moffeit and Spencer on the proposed change because the county’s land records are a very valuable resource to all its citizens.
The current three-year contract with ASC expires Dec. 6, when the court will meet next to vote on the contract.
“I just don’t feel comfortable with this. I haven’t had time to review it and I have lots of questions,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall said.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence agreed. “I’ve only now gotten a chance to review the contract,” he said.
County Judge David Holstein reminded commissioners that the contract is backed with the recommendation of the IT committee, and was passed through the county attorney with approval.
Though it will be cutting it close, the commissioners tabled the item to the Dec. 6 meeting.
“Van Zandt’s county clerk said the transition to the new system was rough in the beginning, but they are happy they made the change,” Moffeit said.
In other business, commissioners:
• reappointed Larry Moran and Tamra Brickey to two-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2010, on the Emergency Services District No. 4.
• designated $17,377 in grant money from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to training of correctional officers, as recommended by Deputy Chief Kevin Haynes.
• authorized giving 8,000 square feet of roofing material removed from the fair grounds arena to precincts 1 and 2, totaling 16,000 square feet in all.
• announced their intent to appoint a member to the Andrews Center Board of Trustees. Those interested in the opportunity to serve should call their commissioner or county judge.
• accepted bids for two lots in private subdivision Lake Shadows in Gun Barrel City for $1,023 and a bid for a lot in Oak Harbor for $500.
• paid bills totalling $147,122.61.

Malakoff man dies in wreck
Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–A one-car rollover just outside Brownsboro early Nov. 22 resulted in the death of the driver.
Joseph Andrew Perez, 21, of Malakoff was pronounced dead at the scene soon after 5 a.m.
According to a Department of Public Safety reports, Perez was driving toward Brownsboro on State Highway 31 about a mile and a half from the city when his pickup truck veered off the road. Perez then overcorrected and lost control. The pickup rolled over several times before coming to rest.
Perez was a 2005 Malakoff High School graduate who participated in track and field, football and rodeo.

Restaurant damaged in fire
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A late night fire Monday heavily damaged La Hacienda Restaurant on East Main Street in Gun Barrel City.
Shortly after closing, police working a car accident at the intersection saw smoke and alerted the fire department, fire chief Joey Lindaman told The Monitor.
“The building had been there a while and had been added on to, so we knew we had our work cut out for us,” Lindaman said.
Besides Gun Barrel City, units from Mabank and Payne Springs also responded.
Between 35 and 40 firefighters participated with eight pieces of equipment.
Most of the fire was out by midnight, though the scene wasn’t cleared until 3 a.m. following mopping-up operations.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but no foul play was indicated from preliminary findings, Lindaman reported.

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