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Page 4-MALAKOFF NEWS-Dec. 4, 1975 Judge Winston Reagan Flays Precinct System Of Maintaining Countl/'s Roads, Bridges Henderson County Judge found out real quick that I its own road equipment, Rea- based at one county barn divisions but is hindered by most part against any change .furnish the communications "I'm not attempting to tell Winston Reagan attacked current practices of the com- missioner's court over which he presides and called for a re-evaluation of policies dur- ing the monthly luncheon meeting of the Seven Points Businessmen's Association last Friday. "A sad fact today is that many of our problems origin- ate in the county courthouse," Reagan said during the lunch- con attended by only 12 persons because of the Thanksgiving holiday. "I from page one with a signed contract - "If we don't do the job, why would you want to keep us? If the county stops paying, we stop working." "I feel we have the best rvice ever right now," Com- missioner Leo Kinabrew said prior to moving to table the matter. "It's not perfect, but we do have good pegple doing the job." Commissioners heard E.L. Smith petition the court concerning access to a county road in Forest Grove North Subdivision. Smith said he owns a 3-acre tract adjacent to the subdivision, and that a street, Lady I,ane, comes to his property, but that it is barricaded at the end, denying him access to the driveweay to his home. Smith said he found the subdivision has a two-foot buffer, owned by the sub- division, surrounding the property, and that this has effectively kept him from having access to the county- maintained roadway. Judge Reagan and other council members indicated the matter was a civil one, and that it wasn't possible for them to do anything about it. ttowever, Larry Everett told Smith he would discuss the problem with the property owner's association of the subdivision with a view to figuring some way to provide access. Commissioners agreed to advertise for bids on a number of items, including two -ton dump trucks for precinct 2, and a brush cutter for precinct 4, and a desk for the district clerk's office. A special meeting to open bids has been set for Dec. 22. Approval was granted for the use of a jail trusty in construction of new shelves for the county's Law Library. Commissioners agreed to furnish the materials and the prisoner would provide the labor while he is completing a one-year jail term. The prisoner was not identified. The court appointed three board members to the Hospital Board, including Marvin Holcomb, Arthur Thompson and Ronnie Kina- brew. They also confirmed appointments of out-of- county members of the board of directors of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. These included Isadore Roosth, Mrs. E.B. Long, Mrs. Rebecca Laughlin and Mrs. Mildred Speights. The court approved pay- ment of $7,000 to the archi- tects doing work on a pro- posed county jail renovation job: The funds are paid through a grant, subject to county and state approval. Commissioners gave per- mission for work on several church and school parking lots and riveways, including Lakeside Baptist Church on Lake Palestine, Cross Roads School and Pleasant Ridge Assembly of God Church. The commissioners also agreed to tear down the "old court- house" at La Rue. It was indicated the materials would be used to rebuild a com- munity center or city hall. On a 4-1 vote, with Judge Reagan dissenting, the com- missioners agreed to renew the county's hospitalization policy with Blue Cross-Blue Shield. The policy cost will increase $26.41 to $28.62 for individuals and from $51.67 to $56.02 for families. Reagan said he felt the policy should h rmmhmittmd for bids. didn't have too much power at gan noted that at least 50 per the courthouse," he added cent of the machinery lays idle later, most of the time. He advo- Lashing out at the current cated pooling each district's policy of each district owning equipment together to be Payne Springs Firemen Organize County Judge Winston Reagan and State Represent- alive Fred Head were present at the November 21 meeting of the Payne Springs Volun- teer Fire Department. Also present were Geologist Bob Moore and Mr. Ray Miller from the Texas Railroad Commission. It was generally agreed that the present method of alerting area resi- dents in case of another hydrogen sulfide gas blowout such as the one experienced September 20 is not effective. A committee of three resi- dents was nominated to gather ideas as to a more effective method. Nominated were Robert H. Adams, Ann Police Report On Friday, Nov. 28, Chief Richard Wilson and Officer Bill Clark were called to a fight in progress at Kidd Jones Service Station. After arriving at the location, four women and one man, all of Athens, were taken into custody. Three women were charged with disorderly con- duct and fighting in public. One female and the male were released. Butner and M.L. McGee. my surplus fire fighting equipment was also a topic discussed. Representative Head said that he has been instrumental in helping small communities such as Payne Springs secure such equip- ment. Judge Reagan stated that $1000 in Revenue Shar- ing Funds has been allocated to the Payne Springs com- munity and that this money is to be used in purchasing needed fire fighting equip- ment. The next meeting of the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department will be Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 in the Payne Springs Community Center. Members attending the last meeting wish to express thanks to Rep. Head,. Judge Reagan, Mr. Moore and Mr. Miller for their information and assistance. instead the present system of having four. Reagan voiced the need for a road supervisor to oversee repair work and compared the present practice of each com- missioner responsible for the work done in his district. "The money is just not being distributed fairly," the judge said, explaining that county money must be divided equally among the four district regardless of the varying sizes and needs of the areas. Describing the county roads as "deplorable," Rea- gan noted that District 2-A of which Seven Points is a part has twice as many road miles because of its numerous sub- I | Do Your Christmas Shopping Early Jewelry-Silverware-Brass China-Gifts For All Occasions S t &man .o, 6,s.,,a, I CARL BROWN the current fund allotment in present policies. system. "The county's business is The judge asserted that the the biggest business we have, county auditor can pay those and we need businessmen to bills he chooses while leaving fill the position not road others unpaid. He added that graters," the judge said. Henderson County has in- The judge listed the solid curred a $184,000 debt that waste center as one of the no one seemed to know about greatest needs of the county or admit to, and that the and added that the problem findings of a recent outside had been described worse in audit will be made public Henderson County than any- shortly in an open hearing, where else in the state. Reagan charged that often He also said that a fire commissioners were more con- marshall stationed at the cerned with the number of county seat to oversee the votes a project would benefit operation of the different them with than its actual need areas could subsidize cost of and that they were for the such a position as well as system, the commissioners how to run Reagan said that many their offices," Reagan said. improvements had been made "As an elected official I feel during the past two years but like it's my duty to let the that many more were needed, people know. Christmas Art Sets to s28 1011 W. 5th Ave. Corsicana THE SKETCH BOX Malakoit Prescription Shoppe Phone 489-1909 ALLERCREME COSMETICS Pepto Bismol 8 o Colgate MFP 5o, Robitussin DM 4 o, About 3:40 a.m. on Sat- Breck urday, Chief Wilson, Clark Miss and reserve officer Ray 11 OZ. 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