New bridge planned for Friendship Road; FEMA funds accepted

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A portion of Friendship road, located between FM 2321 and Buffalo Springs Road, will be closed in the near future while TxDOT replaces the bridge over Buffalo Creek. Commissioners approved a contract with TxDOT on Monday.

The bridge has been in need of replacing for some time now, said Precinct 4 Commissioner A.J. Peek.

Precinct 4 will be responsible for 20 percent of the project’s $116,550 price tag. The county’s percentage, totaling $23,310, will be paid through in-kind services, mostly culvert work that has already been completed.

Peek and County Judge Kenneth Liggett noted that two other bridges in Precinct 4, both on Wynn-Gray Road, are in need of replacement, and are already on TxDOT’s agenda.

Last week, the Clay County received $45,000 in FEMA funds to be divided out among the county’s volunteer fire departments. The funds are designated as reimbursements for the cost of fighting wildfires that occurred in 2011. Commissioners approved division of the funds, $5,300 is a reimbursement to the county itself.

Funds will be divided as follows: Petrolia VFD, $3,806.25; Lake Arrowhead VFD, $624.75; Jolly VFD, $3,045; Bellevue VFD, $8,473.50; Charlie-Thornberry VFD, 8,026.87; Arrowhead Ranch Estates VFD, 1,241.05; Bluegrove VFD, $450; Vashti VFD, $4,672.50; Ringgold VFD, $3,727.50; and the Joy VFD, $5,680.50.

Commissioners chose to put the county’s reimbursement into a fund to pay for dozer expenses during future wildfire situations.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Lindy Choate asked to add a 10-foot, single-wing mower to a list of equipment the county will sell through a sealed-bid process. Choate asked that proceeds from the sale go to Precinct 2, which gave his precinct the mower several years ago.

Sealed bids for the equipment, which also include two Mack trucks and a mobile tank trailer, will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 14.

Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement between Clay County and the Helen Farabee Center for behavioral health services, paying the center an annual contribution of $2,900.

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