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Sheriff gets OK to destroy chemicals; Dabovich introduced


On a request from Sheriff Kenny Lemons, Clay County Commissioners accepted a proposal Monday for the destruction of chemicals used in the manufacture of illegal drugs.

The chemicals and other components — most of which are involved in the process of making methamphetamine — are in evidence at the sheriff’s office. Veolia Environmental Services, based in Baytown, will pickup and transport the chemicals to a facility in Port Arthur, where they will be incinerated, at a cost of $3,120.22.



Lemons said some of the chemicals and components, remnants of drug labs seized by law enforcement, have been in evidence since 2005. Items include drain openers, starter fluid, propane, butane, naptha, muriatic acid and ammonia, as well as 12 glass and plastic containers with unknown chemicals or residue.

Commissioners also approved an annual maintenance contract between the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Warren Cat for care and upkeep of the CCSO’s emergency generator at a cost of $842.

Miles Dabovich, administrator of the Rolling Plains District of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, met with commissioners for the first time since taking on the role in July. Dabovich is a former extension agent for Wichita County.

Dabovich highlighted recent changes made by 4-H, including the state 4-H Roundup, held at Texas Tech University for the first time in 65 years. More than 4,000 attended.

The Rolling Plains District was represented at the roundup by 183 youth, including several from Clay County.

Dabovich praised county agents Sherri Halsell and Missy Hodgin for their work with the public and the 4-H.

Commissioners approved a resolution opposing the passage of H.B. 958, which would reduce the interest rate on all Texas County and District Retirement System funds from seven percent to five percent.

No action was taken on a possible burn ban.


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