County to reimburse BVFD for filling station costs

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

On a request from Precinct 3 Commissioner John McGregor, Clay County will reimburse the Bluegrove Volunteer Fire Department $1,109 for the cost of a submersible pump used at it new filling station in Joy.

The idea of the station was conceived by the Bluegrove and Joy VFDs when stock tanks were dry hydrants are located began to go dry due to the drought. The station is located at the intersection of Hwy. 148 South and Peden Road, at the location of an old saltwater disposal well. The location has a good freshwater well.

Most of the equipment and labor has been donated to the project, including two 210-barrel storage tanks from Bridwell Oil.

Until now, the two departments were driving to Windthorst or Bellevue to fill their tankers. A diesel-pump donated by the Texas Forest Service several years ago will allow trucks to fill at 750 gallons per minute.

The funds will come out of Precinct 3’s budget. The county also will provide rock for the site and provide the equipment to trench out a place to bury the water line from the water well to the storage tanks.

Commissioners took time to discuss changes to the employee manual, including the definition of a temporary or relief employee, the job of Sick Leave Pool Administrator and the addition of an exit interview when an employee resigns or is relieved. No action was taken and commissioners will revisit the subject at a later meeting.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Johnny Gee offered an update on the paving project behind the courthouse annex. The county is paving a portion of the alley to allow better runoff of rain shedding from the annex roof. Though it hasn’t been a problem in recent months, water draining from the building has created a gully behind the annex and neighboring buildings.

Gee said the dirt work is almost complete and concrete could be poured late this week.

County Judge Kenneth Liggett brought to the commissioners attention new leaks discovered after heavy rainfall Sept. 17. Roof leaks have been a constant concern with the new building. Liggett said the one-year warranty with M&F Litteken has expired.

Commissioners approved a notice of intent presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Missy Hodgin to participate in the Hog Out County Grant Program. Hog Out is a contest put on by the Texas Department of Agriculture in which $20,000 is awarded to the county in which hunters and trappers exterminate the most feral pigs. The contest runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. The winning county must use the funds for feral pig abatement.

Commissioners approved the county’s annual grant to the Clay County Senior Citizens’ Center in Henrietta and the Petrolia Senior Citizens’ Club to support the Meals on Wheels program. Each association is given $4,000 annually.

In other business, commissioners:

Approved a notice of special election for the Nov. 8 constitutional amendment election.

Approved the second and fourth Mondays of each month as regular meeting dates.

Approved the monthly treasurers report.

Approved payroll, accounts and reports relating to county finances.

Approved all bills relating to Clay County Memorial Hospital.

Commissioners also approved all line item budgets, closing out fiscal year 2011. Fiscal year 2012 begins Oct. 1.

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