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March 13, 2013

County OKs salary increase, Christmas decor fundraising

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• Approved April 27 as a day to highlight the historic courthouse — by giving several tours — in recognition of county government month, sponsored by the National Association of Counties.

• Approved an agreement between the county and the City of Weatherford to lease the city’s crack seal equipment for 28 days for $3,500. “The cheapest route is going through Weatherford rather than leasing it from someone else,” Precinct 4 commissioner Dusty Renfro, who initiated the agreement, said, “and it obviously benefits one of our cities.”

• On the recommendation of Fire Marshal Shawn Scott authorized the county to file an objection with the FCC for the City of Joshua’s proposal to use radio frequencies that could be used by the county in the future.

• Renewed a contract with VFIS for volunteer fire insurance for $12,145.

• Approved expenses for volunteer Michael Baldwin and part-time employee Ian Christiansen to attend the Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio March 25-28.

• Approved shifting $88,000 in discretionary transportation bond funds in precinct 2 from a project to widen Holbrook Road to a project to straighten the intersection of East Dry Creek Road and Zion Hill. Holbrook Road is now in precinct 1, due to a change in precinct boundaries.

• Renewed an agreement with Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force, an organization where many counties work together to share information and use assets that are seized.

• Approved adding required debarment verification to the county purchasing policy, essentially agreeing not to do business with any vendors the federal government has debarred — those under indictment, for example — when it comes to grant funding. The requirement stems from a compliance review done by the State of Texas for homeland security grant funds.

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