The Hopkins County building projects are expected to wrap up in May, with the district attorney and clerk’s offices moved into the new building on Rosemont Street by mid-May.
According to Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom, that should mean no June rental payment for use of the building space they currently occupy,
The commissioners were briefed by the new Civic Center management on operations at the facility during a work session this week.
“Things at the Civic Center seem to be going well under the new management, who are still learning and settling into their jobs,” Newsom reported.
County commissioners during this week’s work session also discussed an opportunity to apply for a Feral Hog Grant, a small amount of funding which could be used to help slow down the feral hog population in the county. This year, the state has a total of about $96,000 to disburse throughout the state, the judge explained.
Also discussed during the work session, the judge reported, was potentially modifying an economic development abatement agreement due to a change in the number of business employees that will be impacted. The matter is expected to be presented for court action at the regular May 6 Commissioners Court meeting.
The county discussed the possibility of participating in the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool’s Employee Safety Program, which offers free equipment such as safety helmets, glasses and gloves. The items would benefit precinct road crews, which will help stretch each commissioners’ budget, according to Newsom.
The commissioners also reported the program of utilizing jail trusties for precinct work is going well.
Because of the disaster declaration issued for the county due to October’s floods and rains, an Affordable Housing project can be sought over the next year. If the program is approved, it could provide up to 40 homes to help people with lower incomes, according to the judge. An application is expected to be made for that as well.