The Henderson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, approved a lease purchase agreement for a machine to be used in major road repair.

"Congratulations, this is a fantastic tool to have brought in," Henderson County Judge Wade McKinney said.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Ken Geeslin said although the stabilizer he is buying is a 2016 model Bomag 446, it has never been sold before and purchasing it saves considerable money as opposed to a new one. The cost of the Bomag is $350,000 of which a portion will be paid this year and the remainder over the next three years.

Geeslin said heavy rains like 2015, 2016 and this year can turn a gopher hole under the roadway into a hazard. The weakened road can collapse under the weight of a heavy truck.

When used as a recycler, worn and damaged asphalt surfaces and base layers can be pulverized, crushed and mixed with new binders. As a soil stabilizer, the unit is used for mixing cement or other binders with existing materials to improve soils and strengthen sub-surfaces in preparation for backfill, anti-frost layers and base layers.

Geeslin said his precinct has already ground up two roads with the demo of the unit. Residents who have driven them are praising them for their smoothness.

In other action, the Henderson County Historical Commission was presented the Texas Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award.

"This is based on about a 40 page questionnaire I have to file each year with the state," Chairwoman Sarah Jane Brown said. "This is probably over 16 years that we have gotten this."

The Distinguished Service Award is based on the county organization’s report of its service during the year, as documented in its annual report to the state commission. Commissions must meet certain standards for projects completed and volunteer hours during the year.

"Our man hours that I turned in were over 9,000," Brown said.

Commissioners also approved:

• A reimbursement contract between the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Henderson County Clint W, Murchison Memorial Library,

• a tax resale deed for a lot in Cherokee Shores in Pct. 2;

• a tax resale deed for a lots in the Hidden Hills Harbor Addition in Pct. 2;

• labor and equipment for maintenance for the Blackjack Cemetery in Pct. 4 and

• payment of bills in the amount of $185,022.71.