Kaufman County Commissioners Court Updated on Countywide Roads Projects
The first order of business brought was whether to implement a burn ban, but due to the heavy rains the day before, the burn ban was tabled until a future date. Fire Marshall Randy Richards did share that in December 2017, combining the hay, grass, and brush fires, they had a total of 80 calls. In January 2018 there were 217 calls.
The next topic discussed involved approval of allocations of the Family Portection Fee to Lone Star CASA, Inc., Kaufman County Children’s Emergency Shelter, The Genesis Center, and the Kaufman County Children’s Advocacy Center in equal shares of $1,980.00 totaling $7,920.00. Commissioner Barber made the motion. No one opposed.
Next considered for approval was $49,984.50 purshase from Key Warden for 3K W touch system for the Kaufman Sheriff’s Office (KSO) utilizing Buyboard contract number 498-15. The motion was passed with no one opposing.
The discussion moved to purchasing (1) 670G Motor Grader for $238,155.00 and (1) 410L Backhoe loader for $116,785.00 from RDO Equipment Company for Precinct 4 Road and Bridge utilizing National Join Powers Alliance Cooperative totaling $354,940.00. It was actually in the county’s best interest to go with this cooperative over the Buyboard, as they offered better prices. The motion was made and carried.
On the agenda was to review/adopt the Kaufman County Investment Policy and appointing members of the investment advisory committee. Everyone was in favor.
Next, was discussion about authorizing the Kaufman County Investment Advisory Committee to take the actions necessary to prepare the documents for Commissioners’ Court for approval to add Tex Star/Logic and Texas Class as eligible investment pools and to add Multibank Securities Inc., Financial Northeastern Companies, and ANB/Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC as Certificate of Deposit Providers. Everyone was in favor.
Next on the agenda was to discuss taking possible action concerning an order authorizing partial redemption of Kaufman County, Texas public property finance contractual obligation, series 2015. This would reduce debt by one million dollars. No one opposed.
The next order of dicussion was the Kaufman County cleanup project. Pam Corder addressed the court on this issue. “This is very exciting. I was floored. It was $13,543.00 for one event. If we can get this money we can cleanup our county,” Corder stated. The resolution was passed.
Sheriff Bryan Beavers then addressed the court in regards to a deployment van costing around $67,850. This vehicle will have benches and places to hold equipment and store weapons. This is similar to a Mercedes style van. Sheriff Beavers then asked to apply for funding for body cameras. The cameras cost $295.00/each and the Sheriff Office is asking for 50 of them. They also asked to apply for a grant for 12 night vision goggles. All three requests were passed with no opposition.
John Polster gave an update on the Kaufman County Transportation Planning Report. The 243/ FM 2515 intersection improvements design is approximately 30 percent complete. The SH 243/ FM 2727 intersection improvements will add an eastbound 243 to northbound 2727. The design is approximately 30 percent complete. The project was awarded NET RMA funds in the amount of $77,817.00. Also discussed was the US 80/SH 205/FM 148 intersection improvements. This project consists of intersection improvements to increase the capacity of the intersection and improve safety at the intersection and the adjacent railroad crossing on FM 148 south of US 80, including full traffic signalization. An update was also given on the progress for the FM 148 Bypass, Hwy 34 improvements, and the Hwy 80 widening.