By JUDY SHERIDAN
Parker County officials will mark the completion of the Interstate 20 interchange, the fifth and final phase of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, with a ribbon cutting tentatively set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22.
“We poured the concrete [for the deck of the new bridge] and that’s all done, and everything’s looking good,” County Judge Mark Riley said during commissioners’ court Monday. “[Contractors] think that, barring any unforseen weather issues, they will be ready to roll.”
According to the most recent change order, the scheduled date is a month ahead of the May 28 contract completion date, with the revised contract amount about $178,000 less than the original contract amount of about $8.5 million.
In other action, the court:
• Approved a new contract for the Public Defender for Capital Cases program, which has reduced representation costs during its first year. At no charge to the county intially, the program will cost about $19,000 this year, Riley said.
• Approved readvertising the recycling part of a bid for waste/trash disposal. One vendor requested a steep price increase and another had billing and rebate issues, staff said. Precinct No. 1 Commissioner George Conley said dozens of residents recycle at his precinct barn every day. Precinct No. 2 had at least two recycling pickups from their barn per month, purchasing agent Deena Nichols said, at a cost to the county of $120/pickup.
• Authorized renewing volunteer fire insurance while stipulating the county attorney assess the amount of coverage needed and renegotiate the premium. The questions center on the amount of workers’ compensation and other insurance coverage being provided by emergency services districts. Currently the county’s premium is about $12,000.
• Authorized the $50,000 purchase of two 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab Pickups for the Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as the $20,000 purchase of a second courier vehicle.
• Declared April 6-12 as 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, authorizing the county attorney’s office to display student Art Contest works April 3-11 and host an Art Contest reception at the Courthouse Annex from 4-5:30 p.m. April 11.
• Approved standard election contracts with the cities of Aledo, Annetta, Annetta North, Willow Park, Springtown and Weatherford as well as the school districts of Aledo ISD, Weatherford ISD and Peaster ISD.
• Approved memorandums of understanding between the Aledo ISD Police Department — with eight full-time officers — and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, as well as between the Aledo ISD P.D. and Constable Precinct No. 4, outlining guidelines for communication and coordination among the overlapping law enforcement agencies, per the Texas Education Code.
• Approved $750 for a pauper’s cremation, with payment to Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home.
• Approved applying to the Criminal Justice Division for a mobile data computer package to provide electronic data and information to constables.
• Approved filing a project application with the North Central Texas Council of Governments for a regional solid waste program, to pay an environmental officer.
• Approved leasing crack seal equipment from the City of Weatherford for 30 days for $1,750.
• Approved increasing the speed limit on Muir Road from 30 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h.