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Commissioners approve JB Weld expansion, yearly programs

by Logan Vaughan

Tax assessor-collector Debbie Pogue-Mitchell presents regarding the DMV

The Hopkins County commissioners court discussed standard items of business at their regular September 13 session. 

REGULAR BUSINESS

The meeting opened at 9:01 a.m. with all members of the court present.

The court then unanimously approved the previous meeting minutes. 

From 9:03 a.m. to 9:24 a.m., citizens voiced their opinions during public comment regarding a proposed solar project in the Dike community [see related story]

The court then commended Justice of the Peace Pct. I BJ Teer on his completion of ten hours of specialized rural leadership training in July 2021 at Texas State University.  

The court then considered repositioning a culvert at 69 Wylie Drive in Sulphur Springs. 

“The culvert is running underneath the road… and right now the drain is covered,” Commissioner Pct. II Greg Anglin presented. “The water is flowing out right onto their front door.” 

Anglin stated both the homeowner and a neighbor had agreed to reposition the drainage diagonal on the neighboring property. 

The court unanimously approved the request. 

The court then heard from tax-assessor collector Debbie Pogue-Mitchell, who presented on considering optional Department of Motor Vehicle fees for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 

Mitchell stated the fee of $3, to be collected when citizens renew their license plate registration sticker, goes into the county’s Child Safety Fund and has been in place since 2018.

The court unanimously approved the request. 

From 9:26 a.m. to 9:32 a.m., the court held a public forum and discussed 381 agreements for proposed solar installations near Pine Forest and Saltillo [see related story]

The court then voted unanimously to pay the bills. County auditor Shannah Aulsbrook presented there were no monthly grants or donations. 

The court unanimously voted to move forward to prepare a grant application for the SAVNS program(Services Agreement For The Statewide Automated Victim Notification Service), which has been in place for Hopkins since 2019, according to the court. 

The court unanimously voted to move forward with a contract with the Ark-Tex Council of Governments for juvenile services. 

It allows us to continue to take care of our juvenile situations here in Hopkins County, including [the] Juvenile Probation Office,” county judge Robert Newsom noted. 

The court then discussed a 381 agreement for a facility by Sulphur Springs company JB Weld. 

“This has been ongoing for a long time, over a year,” Newsom said. “JB Weld is expanding, and that’s a really good thing for our community.”

The business is located at 400 CMH Road, near Interstate 30 in the Pioneer Business Park. The company plans on adding a 40,000 square-foot facility and therefore 20 new full time positions, according to Economic Development Corporation executive director Roger Feagley. 

“This is 100% for five years, rather than the typical 10-year program,” Feagley said. 

The court unanimously approved the request. 

From 9:35 a.m. to 9:43 a.m., the court discussed a grant to replace fire station radios [see related story]. 

The court did not have any personnel changes. 

The court did not have any asset disposal. 

The court did not have any proclamations. 

With no further business, court was adjourned at 9:46 a.m.

By Taylor Nye

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