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Commissioners’ court closes out 2019

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HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Commissioners’ Court closed out 2019 with Dec. 31 approval of board reappointments and county contracts.
The court approved a master interlocal agreement between the county and TechShare for software for the county’s Indigent Defense program. The software, which the county has used for two years, will continue to aid the automation of indigent defense tasks, including the collection of required information for indigent reporting, said Jessica Brown, grant coordinator in the county auditor’s office. The contract runs from Oct. 2019 through Dec. 2020 and will cost the county $7,193.
Culvert contracts were also approved through five vendors, including Hamilton Supply Co. of Tyler, Laprade Steel of Canton, ATSCO of Kaufman, Smith Lumber of Athens and National Wholesale Supply. The steel and plastic culvert contracts call for sizes ranging from 12 inches to 72 inches in diameter, costing anywhere from about $5 per foot, to $80 per foot.
The court also reappointed board members. For Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 6, which includes the Westside Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and covers Precincts 3 and 4 in the eastern end of the county, Patrick Sparks, Rick McCune and Barry Beresik were reappointed for terms running through 2020.
For ESD No. 5, located in Precinct 3 in the Brownsboro area, Roger Berry, Jim Palady and Conley Owen were reappointed to its board of commissioners, also for terms ending Dec. 31, 2020.
Henderson County Hospital Authority’s board had three members reappointed for 3-year terms: Lisa Kocian (Place 7), Ashley McKee (Place 8) and Geneva King (Place 9).
The court also approved refunds for overpayment of taxes from the county tax assessor/collector, stemming from double payments and reductions for age 65 exemptions. The refunds range from $2,046 to $6,946.
The court also allowed issuance of cellphones to the county Human Resources Office and Juvenile Probation Department. The action not only gives the departments extra phones but complies with state law that requires all communications be archived in some fashion, said County Judge Wade McKinney.
Commissioners’ court also approved:
• replatting two lots in the Waterboard subdivision south of Tool, in Precinct 1,
• closing 0.4 mile-long Jill Drive in the Forest Grove subdivision in Precinct 3 and returning it to previous property owners, following a public hearing
• paying bills totaling  $298,482.56 for 2019 and $4,330.02 for 2020.