Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 20, 2012

Darryl Furrh re-appointed to Fire Marshall’s position

County also accepts payment from Union Pacific Railroad

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court Tuesday  appointed Henderson County Fire Marshall Darryl Furrh to a new 2-year term to begin in January.

Furrh has been fire marshal since January, 2010. He has a long career in firefighting and investigation.

County Judge Richard Sanders commended Furrh for his first two years on the job.

“I want to thank him for his efforts during the time I’ve been in office,” Sanders said. “It’s a tough job, especially with the burn bans we’ve had. I want to thank him for the work he’s done on it, and for his loyalty and dedication to the county.”

Commissioners also accepted a $50,000 payment from Union Pacific Railroad as part of an agreement between the railroad and the county concerning the closure of Thunder Bridge on County Road 1500. Union Pacific officials closed the 100-year-old bridge, because it was too dangerous for crossing, and the estimated cost to repair it was between $750,000 and $1.5 million.

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Joe Hall’s crew built a cul-de-sac on the west side of the bridge, wide enough for an 18-wheeler to turn around. The $50,000 will enable the county to do more work on the road. Hall said the money will be placed in the 2013 budget for the work to be done after Commissioner-Elect Scotty Thomas takes office.

In other action, Commissioners voted to replace the county e-mail exchange server, and county website hosting.

Commissioner Wade McKinney said the website change was prompted by problems citizens have had getting election returns. The Nov. 6 election was the third recent election where the available bandwidth was too narrow for all of the counties using the system to gain access.

  Brock said the county has discussed moving its e-mail to Rackspace Hosting, a company from San Antonio.  Because the county is already using Cirra for its website, the initial plan was to go through Cirra to make the e-mail switch. Because of the election night problems, the IT Committee began to look into dealing directly with Rackspace.

Commissioners also authorized payment of regular bills in the amount of $314,468.31.