In a very brief meeting Monday morning, Hopkins County Commissioners Court gave approval for Precinct 2 Commissioner Mike Odell to purchase a reclaimer from Cole Equipment Company of Ada, Okla., for $220,000.
Odell told the court that a smaller reclaimer used in road work had been sold to Precinct 1 Commissioner Mickey Barker and the remaining balance of $92,000 would be financed and paid off in less than two years.
The reclaimer — which resembels a giant roto-tiller — is used in smoothing a road surface and adding oil/sand to the mix.
Odell said the new reclaimer is much faster than the one sold to Precinct 1 and will enable the addition of an oil mixture to county roads.
In other action, commissioners approved the sale of fireworks in the county on Memorial Day and San Jacinto Day.
County Judge Robert Newsom added that weather and drought conditions could prevent or restrict the sale and use of fireworks.
Markeda Fisher was appointed by the commissioners court to serve as the county's representative on the Sulphur Springs Public Library board.
Newsom said the county contributes about $20,000 a year to the operation of the city-owned library.
Before closing the 18-minute meeting, commissioners approved resolutions presented by the county judge to be forwarded to the Texas Senate and House of Representatives expressing the county's opposition to proposed legislation that would lower the cap on tax increases from 8 percent to 4 percent and one that addresses unfunded mandates placed on counties by the state.
The unfunded mandates generally involve directives from the state requiring counties to provide certain services but with no state funding.
Following the close of the regular meeting, commissioners moved into a routine workshop session to meet with Sheriff Lewis Tatum and Fire Chief Andy Endsley regarding revenues, expenses and operations of the two departments.
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