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December 13, 2013

Commissioners move toward road grant, new website and new policies

By JUDY SHERIDAN

Parker County commissioners agreed to pay an Austin firm to pursue a TxDOT grant, authorized Judge Mark Riley to set standards for a new website and organized committees to examine county policies in a short meeting Monday delayed by icy weather.

Riley, referencing an email from Jim Allison, of Allison, Bass and Associates, LLP, told the court that the firm had offered to apply for TxDOT County Road Grants on behalf of Parker County for a $5,000 fee, to be deducted from the grants. 

Targeting the repair of roads damaged by oil and gas trucks, the county grant program was approved during the last legislative session, Riley said, but the awards process is competitive.

He said Allison thought Parker County might be eligible for up to $1 million.

The county could either have grant writer Kit Marshall go through the application process or pay the firm, Riley said, which was probably involved in the legislation and understands the nuances.  

“I don’t know if we don’t get it if we’re still billed the $5,000,” he said. “I need to find that out. Freese and Nichols had no strong preference, but they thought it might be good. I’m leaning that way as well, partly because the timeline is tight.”

“I think we need to try it and see what we can get,” Precinct No. 1 Commissioner George Conley said. “They already know what they’re doing.”

“We might get a better response,” Precinct No. 2 Commissioner Craig Peacock said.

“We’ll find out specifically what he’s talking about doing, and if there’s some reason we believe it wouldn’t be right, we’ll back off,” the judge said.

Website

The court also voted to have Riley establish policy for a new website, soon to go public.

“The policy is real basic, it’s not complicated,” Riley said. “There are no political comments. There will be a review process before department heads post, with exceptions for district judges, the county attorney, the auditor and commissioners.”

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