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July 9, 2014

County gives permission for company to cross right-of-way

Athens — The Henderson County Commisioners Court on Tuesday  gave Oncor permission to cross the right-of-way on various county roads in Precinct 1 and Precinct 3 for a construction project.

Oncor area manager Tom Trimble said the project calls for replacing wooden H- frame structures with concrete to strengthen the infrastructure on which the cables are strung that connect power in the area. The wooden frames are more likely to snap when under stress, such as being hit by a tree.

Work on the replacement is slated to begin in late August or September, Trimble said.

“We should be done with the construction, hopefully by the end of the year,” Trimble said.

Oncor will clean up the work area after the project is completed, Trimble said. Four of the crossings will be in Precinct 1 and one in Precinct 3.

“It looks good to me. It looks like they’re going right where the wooden structures are, so it shouldn’t bother me at all,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Scotty Thomas said.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence, who said he hadn’t had time to study the matter when it appeared on the agenda last week, had no opposition to the plan on Tuesday.

In other action,  commissioners awarded bids for various road materials, while asking for a rebid on asphalt, oils and emulsions. The bid is due on July 22.

The commissioners approved a slate of budget amendments. Lawrence asked about the County Court at Law No. 2 going over budget for conference and education. County Auditor Ann Marie Lee said it’s difficult for those required to attend to do so on a budget of $1,200 a year.

“It seems that the cost of conference and education is going way up, and we’re going in the red in several departments,” Lawrence said. “We’re fixing to start budget talks, and I’m wondering if all of this is necessary.”

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said some of the courses might be available online or in webinars.

Assistant County Auditor Holly Sparks said County Court at Law Judge No. 2 Nancy Perryman used other revenue sources to help her employees go to the conferences.

Commissioners also authorized payment of bills in the amount of $163,540.83.

 

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