Commissioners apply for road funds

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In a special Robertson County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, the commissioners from each of the four precincts approved a “substantially complete” certificate indicating completion of the historic courthouse project with the understanding that punch list items remaining would be addressed. The panel also hammered out the specifics of a TxDOT grant offered by the state to counties with oil and gas truck road damage. The grant requires the establishment of a “reinvestment zone,” one damaged road and the property bordering it, but also provides funds for the improvement of a substantial number of miles of roads in all precincts.
After approving the completion certificate, an agreement that the architect and contractor had completed their contractual obligations, the Court voted to purchase 7 chairs for the District Courtroom—all with an historic “look” but modern amenities. It also agreed to more extensive repairs to the Tax Office after Boyd Construction discovered that the rafters under the front roof and overhang section had been broken in the wind storm which damaged the facade. County Judge Jan Roe said that the County would have to go back to its insurance company and ask for funds for the additional repair, a need not noted in the insurance company’s damage assessment.
Next, the court set its meetings for 2 pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays within the new county courthouse.
After approving an invoice listing of $5,948.26, the Court went into workshop session to determine the sections of roads to be improved using the County Energy Transportation Infrastructure Fund. Upon its return to regular session, it set several miles of Dunns Fort Road as its Reinvestment Zone—meaning the road and adjacent properties can be improved through use of state funds. Next, Commissioner Keith Petitt formally requested sections of Little Mississippi Cemetery Rd., Owensville Cemetery Rd., and Johnson Rd. as Pct. 1 roads needing improvement. Commissioner Donald Threadgill asked for funds to improve sections of Old Hearne Rd., Jack Rabbit Road, and W. Henry Prairie Rd. in Pct. 2.
In addition to Dunns Ford Rd., Commissioner Keith Nichelson requested funds to work on sections of Old Hickory Grove Rd., New Baden at Mt. Pleasant, and McNutt Rd. in Pct. 3. For Pct. 4, Commissioner Robert Bielamowicz asked for funds to improve Sammy’s Road and Springer Rd. Each commissioner prepared cost estimates for each project and prioritized projects by need.
GrantWorks Inc., represented by Mirenda White-Harris, will prepare the grant and present it for state approval. The county must provide a 20% match but some of that match can be “in kind” – the use of county equipment and labor providing part of the 20%.
With all items addressed, the Commissioners’ Court adjourned its special session.

Melissa Freeman / Robertson County News

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