KAUFMAN COUNTY–Kaufman County Commissioners approved the juvenile curfew following a public hearing during the July 20 session of commissioner’s court.
Sheriff Bryan Beavers, District Attorney Erleigh Wiley and Judge Tracy Gray stated that the support from the community had been overwhelmingly positive, with minimal negative comments. “We’re going to go out here to talk to parent’s build relationships with them and get these kids back in their house and out of these peer pressure situations that makes poor choices,” stated Beavers. Beavers stated the actions of the curfew is based on common sense. “The spirit of this is not to write tickets, its not to create probable cause. It’s to deter crime and to hope to make a safe neighborhood safer. To have children reached at an earlier age,” said Wiley.
One person spoke during the public hearing towards the curfew. She was from the Heartland Community Association stating, “We currently have 3,200 homes and we will be over 6,000 homes at build out. I just want to let you know that we are very much in favor of this curfew because we see the need for it and as we grow its only going to be more important,” she said. The curfew is in effect midnight to 6 a.m. during the summer holidays. When school is in session the curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and between 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Also, during the meeting Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards discussed departmental structure for a county engineer. Richards proposed that the position be moved into development services and asked that the auditor provide funds or find funds from applicable areas to complete the current budget year to support that position in the organization. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Cates stated, “The costs for engineering for utilizing a contract engineer is far and away, more excessive than hiring and having a recurring and regular use of a county engineer in today’s road and bridge program.” After some discussion, commissioners approved moving the county engineer position to development services and that the county provide funding in or to the development services department.
In other business, commissioners:
• Accepted the treasurer’s monthly report for June, accepted the treasurer’s quarterly investment report, approved an order to transfer funds from Levee Improvement District #15 to general fund and close account and approved an order to transfer funds from Bois D’Arc Island Levee Improvement District #4 to general fund and close account.
• Approved the deputation of Mica A. Lunt as a Reserve Deputy Constable with the Precinct #2 Constable’s Office, approved the transfer of Victor Bates from full-time Deputy Constable position to a Reserve Deputy Constable with Precinct #2 Constable’s Office, approved the Deputation of Michael Lynn Rhodes as a full time Deputy Constable for Precinct #2 Constable’s Office.
• Accepted the Tax Assessor-Collector’s monthly report for June and accepted the collections department monthly and quarterly reports.
• Approved the Annual 2021-2022 Road Report for Precinct 3.
• Approved an interlocal/project agreement for the City of Mabank to grind area at the Mabank High School.
• Approved an interlocal cooperation agreement between Kaufman County and the City of Rosser.
• Approved a revised preliminary plat of Towering Oaks Estates located on County Road 129 in precinct 1.
• Approved the re-appointment of Commissioner Terry Barber and Commissioner Hunt to the Terrell Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 and Power Center Boards.
• Approved the receipt, transfer and disposal of County owned assets, approved Task Order: TBGC Kaufman County TO1-07.01.2021, effective July 1 through Dec. 31 for an amount not to exceed $250,000 and approved Kaufman County Services- SOUTH design recommendations.
• Approved the Financial Report as of June 30, approved line-item transfers and claims for payment totaling $7,216,831.40.