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Feb. 24 Commissioners Court Agenda Includes Annual Audit, Solar Maintenance Contract

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In addition to routine matters, Hopkins County Commissioners Court will be asked Monday to consider three items related to solar panels and energy, a platting request, the annual audit, and appointing a representative to community board.

Hopkins County Commissioners Court

The outside audit performed by Rutledge, Crain & Company, PC, is to be presented for approval of the Commissioners Court during the 9 a.m. meeting.

A request has been made so that Lots 1 and 2 at High Point Estates may be re-platted as Phase Two of the project.

The court too is slated to consider a combined solar maintenance contract for the jail and Civic Center, solar construction for Heritage Park and Hopkins County Law Enforcement Courtrooms and a resolution from Pine Forest Solar LLC to be allowed to use designated county roads for the solar farm.

The Pine Forest Solar project as proposed will cover 2,155 acres, and is dependent on the tax incentives from the county, school and hospital districts. The Commissioners Court on Dec. 23 approved a 318 agreements granting tax incentives for the solar project planned in Pine Forest. It is projected to bring in more than $9,248,800 in revenue into Hopkins County over the 10 years of the tax incentives.

Hopkins County Courthouse, 118 Church St., Sulphur Springs, Texas

The annual payments the county is projected to receive for the project are $342,000. The first year with a road maintenance fee, the county would receive just over $514,300. Over the 10 years of the agreement the county would receive over $3.6 million.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Mickey Barker, at the Dec. 23 meeting, asked that it be added to the motion to approve the agreement, that the funds coming in to the county that first year for road repairs be used for road repairs in the precincts in which the farms are located.

Monday’s regular Commissioners Court meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the Commissioners’ Courtroom on the first floor of The Hopkins County Courthouse, located at
118 Church St. in Sulphur Springs.

After the regular meeting the court is slated to adjourn to the third floor to begin a work session.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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