Commissioners hear from AgriLife director
The Falls County Commissioners Court met at the County Courthouse in Marlin on Monday, May 9, with County Judge Jay Elliott presiding. Present were Commissioners Milton Albright (Pct. 1), F.A. Green (Pct. 2), and Jason Willberg (Pct. 3). Nita Wuebker (Pct. 4) was not in attendance.
The Falls County Tax Office will be closed Thursday, May 19, for an employee workshop in Madisonville. Regular office hours will resume Friday, May 20.
Judge Elliot noted the Juneteenth Club, a recipient of the American Rescue Plan grant, requested partial funds prior to the proposed August grant distribution. It was approved so that the monies can be used for the 2022 Juneteenth celebration. The organization will still be held accountable for completing the incomplete application process by Aug. 1.
Dr. Donald Kelm, District Extension Director Central District 8, presented an overview of the local AgriLife Extension program. The 4-H program participation has significantly increased and over $437,000 was awarded in scholarships in District 8. The livestock judging program numbers are increasing with 75-80 showings. Another agent has been appointed to serve Falls and Limestone counties.
In other matters, Commissioners voted to renew the SpyGlass contract as an independent contractor to provide telecommunication service and management. It was moved to retain legal counsel to assist the county with a pending Application for Tax Abatement, including review, negotiation and drafting of all necessary documents, notices and procedures related to a tax abatement agreement with Texas Pneumatic Tools, Inc. In addition, the Commissioners voted to accept the Application for Tax Abatement from Texas Pneumatic Tools, Inc., and authorize setting date of June 27 for a public hearing. All guidelines will be ensued for posting and publications.
There is no burn ban for at least another week or until the Commissioners Court deemed necessary. The Bullseye Communication Service Agreement was approved. Jeff Jackson, Road and Bridge Administrator, noted a Falls County interlocal agreement with the City of Marlin for street repairs. Currently, Foster Street has been targeted.
Commissioner Albright moved the payment of bills and the approval of the April 25 and May 2 minutes.