Jim Humphrey, who has served as Clay County Justice of the Peace for 30 years, will retire at the end of May, midway through his eighth term.
County Judge Kenneth Liggett read Humphrey’s letter of resignation during a regular meeting Monday, April 22. Humphrey took office in January 1983. He noted in his letter that recent health issues played a role in his decision to retire.
Commissioners approved the purchase of a Volvo truck by Precinct 1. Commissioners accepted a bid of $98,655 from Bruckner’s Truck Sales of Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls Freightliner offered a bid of $22,000 to purchase a 2007 Freightliner currently owned by Precinct 1.
Four companies submitted bids.
Commissioners also approved the purchase of a skid-steer loader with attachments by Precinct 4 from Warren Cat at a cost of $66,639. Precinct 4 will make a downpayment of $20,000 for the machine, and finance $46,704. American National Leasing will carry the note for five years at 3.2 percent interest.
The county will replace a 1.5-ton air conditioning unit at the offices of the Texas A&M AgriLife extension service and the NRCS at a cost $3,500. The work will be paid out of the building maintenance and renovations budget. Trinity Air Conditioning will install the unit.
Commissioners granted a road crossing permit to Lane Operating Company for a fee of $200. The company will lay pipelines under Edd Williams Road, south of Buffalo Springs, in Precinct 4.
In other business, commissioners:
Approved a proclamation presented by Amy Payne of Adult Protective Services declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month.
Approved a proclamation presented by Tyler Garrison of the Little Wichita Soil and Water Conservation District.
Approved a letter of waiver exempting the Henrietta Housing Authority from property taxes.
Approved an application of renewal to the Texas Association of Counties’ risk management pool.
Approved an amendment to a June 13, 2011 order by the commissioners allowing early payments for routine and recurring items, including payments made by Clay County Memorial Hospital and payments from the county to Reed Oil.
Declared a copy machine in the justice of the peace office to be salvage to be disposed of.