Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 12, 2013

County adopts sewage facility regulations

Move by Commissioners to mirror state statute

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court adopted a set of regulations for on-site sewage facilities on Tuesday which will mirror the state statute.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney, who presided over the meeting in the absence of County Judge Richard Sanders, said the county is required to update the regulations every 10 years. The Henderson County regulations, however, had not been updated since 1989.

Commissioners Court discussed the regulations at length during a workshop on March 5, before adding it to the agenda for a vote Tuesday.

“You have before you in your packet the actual updated version,” McKinney told the commissioners. “Part of the update was to shorten the verbiage, and point it all back to state statute, which has become the standard for county regulatory action.”

The state law states that if the local-governmental entity proposes more stringent standards than the state, the local-governmental entity shall submit the proposed order, ordinance, or resolution to the TCEQ executive director for review and comment before publishing its notice.

Aimee Freeman of the county judge’s office has been working to streamline the rules, and make them conform to the state document, McKinney said. Freeman said the state statutes are sufficient, and there was no need to toughen them, or add any amendments.

In other action, Commissioners approved minutes from Information Technology Committee meetings held in December and February.  One issue discussed by the committee was replacing the judicial software packages. McKinney said the major software overhaul is still in the works, but a decision could be about two months away.

Commissioners also authorized payment of bills from 2012 in the amount of $1,975.40, which should be the last set of bills from last year. The Commissioners also voted to pay 2013 bills totaling $392,957.10.

Note: The March  6 edition of the Athens Review reported Commissioners Court appointments to the Fair Park Board. The list did not include the newest member of the board, Brian Childress of Precinct 2.