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January 14, 2014

Anderson County receives bridge replacement grant

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PALESTINE —

“I just wanted to find out whether we should pay these or not,” Hill said, with other commissioners admitting that they had faced the same issues with CenturyLink.

Lowe said that it had been pretty consistent in the past that if the lines are not marked properly or made visible by the company, then the county would not pay these bills, which have been for as much as $6,000 of late.

“If we did wrong, we should pay. If we did not do wrong, then we should not pay,” Lowe said.

Hill reported that in another incident, CenturyLink sent the claim straight to the insurance company, who paid the claim with no prior approval from the county. In that case, Lowe said that the insurance company should be notified when a claim is being filed.

Currently there are about $14,000 in bills to be paid for cut lines, and Lowe instructed that those be filed with the insurance company with the recommendation that the claims be denied. He and commissioners also agreed to meet with local CenturyLink representatives to discuss the issue.

Also on Monday, commissioners:

• APPROVED bills.

• APPROVED bid for pug mill for the mixing of oil sand for the year 2014.

• APPROVED the Regional Juvenile Reimbursement Program contract with East Texas Council of Governments.

• APPROVED the certification of the Anderson County Detention Center.

• APPROVED declaring a 2001 Ford and 1990 GMC Suburban as surplus.

• APPROVED an amended Anderson County Annual Road Report for Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

• APPROVED a land use agreement for Precinct 1 Road and Bridge Department between Anderson County and the Oscar Starr Estate.

• APPROVED a land use agreement for Precinct 1 Road and Bridge Department between Anderson County and Jim Bishop.

• HEARD a presentation Richard Haws, Loss Control Director for Texas Political Subdivisions, regarding accident investigation and return-to-work policies.

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