County Judge Richard Sanders began the first June Commissioners Court meeting by commending the first responders from the county and City of Athens who helped fight the fire at the fertilizer storage facility last Thursday and keep the citizens safe in the hours that followed.

The Sheriff’s Office helped as the downtown area was evacuated until late in the day on Friday.

The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office assisted in the investigation of the fire.

The work involved amounted to hundreds of man hours, Sanders said.

Sanders also praised the leadership of Athens Fire Chief John McQueary while responders were fighting the blaze and removing citizens from the threatened five-block area around the Larkin Street location.

In one of the items on the brief agenda, Commissioners voted to deny a tax resale request on a lot in the Mantle Manors subdivision, in Precinct 2, on Cedar Creek Lake.

The action was a bit unusual, Pct. 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said, because the person who had bid on the property, after viewing the property, asked for his bid to be denied.

“This one is in the amount of $12,000 and Kaufman County will not refund him his money unless we deny it,” McKinney said.

The property is located in Henderson County, but it is also in the Mabank Independent School District. The tax collections for the MISD are handled through the Kaufman County tax office.

Commissioners also approved payment of bills in the amount of $134,763.32.

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