It could become legal to sell alcoholic beverages in a large slice of Henderson County if voters say yes in November.

The Henderson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to approve a petition from Texas Petition Strategies, Inc. for a Local Option Liquor Election for the area of Justice of the Peace Precinct 3.

The decision election is set for the Nov. 5, 2013 General Election on whether or not to allow the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption only.

JP3 contains the northeast area of Henderson County. The JP precinct has a total of 8,729 registered voters. Of those, 1,389 valid signatures were required to call the election. The petitioners turned in 1,607 valid signatures to County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence said the JP precinct contains a portion, but not all of his precinct. Because the petitioners obtained more than the required number of signatures, Commissioners had no choice but to approve the election, Lawrence said.

The most recent local option election was in Murchison in May. Voters there rejected the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.

Commissioners also approved an Interlocal Agreement between Henderson County and the cities of Tool, Gun Barrel City, Trinidad, Payne Springs and Malakoff ISD for voting equipment for their November elections.

In other action, Commissioners voted:

• to allow the Henderson County District Attorney to use the District Attorney Law Enforcement Fund to provide funds to hire a part-time employee for administrative duties;

• discussed the appointment in four weeks of five board members to serve on the newly-created Emergency Service District No. 6 board;

• to allow Precinct 4 to assist in the repair of roads within the Poynor Cemetery;

• to allow Virginia Hill Water Supply Corporation to place 500 feet of water line on Henderson County Road 4336 Right-of-Way within Precinct 4,

• set a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, to close a portion of County Road 3718, located in Precinct 3; and

• approved payment of bills in the amount of $145,454.99.

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