Clay County Commissioners approved an agreement for emergency dozer service with Jackson Construction of Jacksboro for use during large wildfires. Approval came during a regular meeting of commissioners on Tuesday.
County Judge Kenneth Liggett suggested that commissioners consider using the company, which specializes in fire fighting, during the commissioners’ Oct. 31 meeting.
Jackson Construction charges a minimum of $1,400 for 12 hours. Prices are high compared to local dozer operators, said Liggett, but within the limits of FEMA reimbursement.
Jackson Construction runs dozers with two-man crews — one operator, and a man on the ground to direct the operator. Crews are required to wear protective gear, and dozers can operate 24-hours per day with rotating crews.
Precinct 4 Commissioner A.J. Peek voted against the agreement, but did not state a reason.
Commissioners approved a settlement in a suit brought against the county by William Mozley and family for the closure of a portion of Coody Lane, near Shannon. Coody Lane dead ends on the Mozley property and for many years was maintained by the county. Mozley wanted the county to close the road at a gate to the property.
A $15,000 settlement was reached, of which the county is responsible for a $5,000 insurance deductible.
A bid of $1,500 was accepted by the county for the purchase of a property in the Earle’s Addition of Henrietta, bringing the abandoned lot back onto the tax rolls. Brock Myers of Henrietta made the bid. The City of Henrietta and Henrietta ISD also must accept the bid.
Commissioners accepted a donation of property from Patty Scheer that has already been in use by the county since the construction of the Pioneer Grounds in Henrietta.
The donation includes approximately 2.4 acres and an addition 0.71 acres in the Park Addition of Henrietta on which a portion of the livestock pens for Tex Rickard Arena were constructed.
The Pioneer Grounds are owned by the county, but, through an oversight, a small portion, located on the south east corner, had remained in the Scheer estate.
Commissioners accepted a letter from attorney James Allison of Allison, Bass and Associates. The letter, concerning ratification of Waiver 1115 for Clay County Memorial Hospital for an indigent care agreement with United Regional hospital of Wichita Falls.
The letter states that the waiver will not effect the rights, obligations and responsibilities of the county hospital.
Commissioners also approved the installation of a security light in the alley behind the sheriff’s office as requested by Sheriff Kenny Lemons. The light will b installed by Davis Electric at a cost of $495, to be paid out the building maintenance budget.