Historical society approaches commissioners with agri-museum plan

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When Clay County purchased the former Henrietta Fire Hall from the city several months ago, the Clay County Historical Society saw an opportunity to fulfill a dream – a place to display its large collection of agricultural equipment in a location adjacent to the organization’s 1890 Jail Museum and Heritage Center.

The CCHS presented a letter requesting use of the facility to the county commissioners on Monday.

“We feel that the museum is a tourist attraction, and a source of education,” said museum volunteer Lucille Glasgow of the society’s current facility.

Glasgow stressed the importance of agriculture in the county’s history, and today.

The historical society hopes to assume responsibility of the building through an agreement with the county. County Judge Kenneth Liggett said the building houses a fire command vehicle and portable lights and generator used by the county fire association. He saw no problem with allowing the society use of the building as long as one bay could be set aside for the equipment.

Commissioners approved a measure that would allow Liggett to work with County Attorney Seth Slagle in drawing up an agreement. The historical society asked that the county make the building useable, referring to a possible leak in the ceiling.

Commissioners approved a service agreement between Slagle and iDocket, a company that provides criminal case management software, at a cost of $1,630 for installation and $130 per month for maintenance. The software will be an extension to what has already been approved for use in the County Clerk’s office. The agreement is for one year, and renews automatically.

Commissioners also approved a mutual aid agreement for extreme wildfire threats with Cooke County. A task force from Cooke County fought the Manton Road and Dark Hollow fires that blackened several thousand acres in southeast Clay County Sept. 13. Reimbursement to fire departments from outside of Clay County assisting with wildfires qualify for reimbursement pending FEMA grants.

Commissioners will meet with FEMA at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss a grant to help with wildfires inside Clay County from Aug. 30 to present. The funds are expected sometime in the spring of 2012. Commissioners also will canvass votes cast during the Nov. 8 constitutional amendment election.

In other business, Commissioners:

  • Discussed a ride-along policy requiring a signed waiver from anyone who is not a county employee and is a passenger in a county owned vehicle. Commissioner will further discuss the waiver after Slagle has had time to review it.
  • Held a public hearing and approved a resolution to continue with taxation of goods in transit.
  • Approved the County Treasurer’s monthly report.

Liggett updated commissioners with information concerning the county. Liggett said North Texas TAPS, which provides transportation for those without, received a $4 million grant for new buses. Additional funds will provide for a TAPS vehicle to be housed in Clay County.

Liggett also brought up a request from Sheriff Kenny Lemons for the installation of battery powered emergency lights to be installed in the jail corridors. During a brief discussion, Lemons said he saw a need for the lights during a power outage when the jail’s backup generator failed to power up. The lights are estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $120 each, and will require installation by an electrician. Lemons said he would get a more accurate figure before commissioners made a decision.

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