The Anderson County Commissioners Court approved a loan for a Sanderson Farms construction project and OK'd an increase in records fees for the county and district clerks' offices during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The loan, County Judge Robert Johnston explained, is a low-interest loan granted through the East Texas Council of Governments for an amount up to $500,000, which would be split with the Palestine Economic Development Corp. (PEDC).
It has an interest rate of 1.5 to 2 percent and would be backed by the county's general fund.
“When we applied for a $750,000 grant for us and the city, which we ended up getting, we knew we would need additional money for pay construction costs for a road going up to the plant,” Johnston said. “We have already budgeted for these costs in our fund balance, but with this loan, we can pay it out over 10 years and not have to use that fund balance (savings account) money.
“This is a really good thing.”
Following a public hearing on the matter, the court also approved an increase to the records archive fee from $5 to $10 for the county and district clerks' offices, as approved during the last state legislative session.
The records archives fee is for the preservation and restoration services performed by the county or district clerk in connection with maintaining a clerk's records archive.
The fee must be paid at the time a person, excluding a state agency, presents a public document to the county clerk for recording or filing.
“This is just some necessary housekeeping,” Johnston said.
Also on Tuesday, commissioners:
• APPROVED minutes of previous meetings, budget amendments and bills.
• APPROVED renewal of a contract between the Texas Department of State Health Services and Anderson County in order to issue birth certificates from the State website and authorized the Anderson County Clerk to sign the contract.