By MARY RAINWATER
Anderson County Commissioners approved the first road project utilizing moneys from a recently received Transportation Infrastructure Grant on Monday, also creating an Anderson County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ) and appointing members of a related advisory board.
The project, identified as Exhibit A by the court, includes work on County Road 338, extending from the intersection of ACR 338 and Farm to Market 19 to the end of ACR 338, located north of Neches and east of Pert.
The project is the first one named to a required prioritized project list as specified by SB 1947 for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant. No information as to cost or start date of the work were offered, with commissioners stating that other projects will be added to the list (submitted) later.
Prior to that decision, the court approved the creation of Anderson County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ) No. 1, which is required in order to receive the infrastructure grant money, estimated to be at least $314,000.
“The grant requires a 10 percent match, and we could receive more than the $314,000,” County Auditor Karin Smith said during a December meeting, with Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston reporting that the county would be applying for three times that minimum amount.
“This grant is the result of a lobby by Texas county commissioners and others to be compensated for damage done to roads destroyed by heavy trucks,” Johnston explained in December. “We can create one or multiple zones.”
In another related action, commissioners also appointed businessmen and residents to serve on the CETRZ Advisory Board, another requirement of the grant.
Also on Monday, the court:
• APPROVED minutes from previous meetings and bills.
• APPROVED accepting the annual road report(s) for filing in the minutes of the commissioners court and with the grand jury for Precincts 1-4.
• SELECTED the Salary Grievance Committee as required by Section 152.014 Local Government Code.
• HEARD the Anderson County Sheriff's Office 2013 Racial Profiling Statistics report.
• APPROVED the increase in salary to $12 per hour for part-time jailer Amanda Lumpkins.
• APPROVED a resolution for the sale of property held by Elkhart Independent School District.
• APPROVED, pending a review from the district attorney, making Elkhart State Bank a sub-depository and updating the signature card to reflect the current treasurer and assistant treasurer.
• APPROVED applying for the Texas Indigent Defense Discretionary Grant.
• APPROVED land use agreements for Precinct 4 with resident Winston Wilson (for sand) and Ramona Hickman (for iron ore gravel and sand, if needed).