The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

June 22, 2007

Commissioners' court meeting delayed due to trial

PALESTINE — With Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe involved with a trial, county commissioners agreed Thursday morning to postpone discussion of jail construction expenses until next week.

The Anderson County Commissioners’ Court will convene in a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Anderson County Courthouse Annex county courtroom to discuss expenses associated with the construction of the county jail addition with SELDACO Construction representatives Tommy Hays and Adam McKnight and AF Architects representatives Armand Fisher and Gary Adams.

On Thursday, Anderson County Judge Linda Ray told commissioners Joe Chaffin and Rashad Q. Mims that she was uncomfortable with the idea of discussing the expenses without the county’s legal representation present. Commissioners Ronny Smith and Randy Watkins were not present due to illness and a death in the family, respectively.

Lowe, who is involved with the prosecution of a trial at the county courthouse this week, walked in just after Thursday’s 9 a.m. meeting began, explaining that he had only a few minutes before having to be back at the courthouse.

He told those present that he agreed that it would be better to postpone the discussion and call a special meeting on Monday to deal with the issue when he could be present. Lowe added that it also would allow him time to review the matter prior to the meeting.

Discussion Monday of the construction expenses is expected to happen during closed session, according to Ray.

In May 2005, Anderson County voters approved a $9.95 million bond election for the construction project, which will increase the jail’s capacity to 305 beds and include a new sallyport, visitation area and lobby upon completion.

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Beth Foley may be contacted via e-mail at bfoley@palestineherald.com

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