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Front Page December 26, 2017  RSS feed

Judge Ryder warns, “More fight to go” on high speed rail

By Mac Shadix

Beverly Wilson Beverly Wilson During the Regular Called Meeting on December 21, County Judge Byron Ryder told the commissioners and those assembled that following recent federal decisions and the release of the final route that the fight against Texas Central building a high speed rail infrastructure across Leon County remained. “There is more fight to go.” Ryder told the court. Texas Central is still claiming the right of eminent domain although the claim is being contested.

The Commissioners Court was also told that an incident on Thursday at the Sandersons Farms feed mill just East of Oakwood had led to the evacuation of the plant and calling in “subject matter experts,” to review the situation. (See highlighted story.)

The court voted a motion of no action after Luke Watts, Senior Director for Sales and Training at a company named Spy- Glass offered to examine the telecommunications expenses and make recommendations as needed.

The necessary actions to approve arrangements for the 2018 Joint Primary Election, and to approve the usual consolidation of voting precincts for a possible run off election were approved.

Beverly Wilson, District Clerk requested permission to switch state approved vendors to lower costs and it was approved. She also requested $3,829.27 to upgrade aging audio visual equipment in the District courtroom. The request was granted.

Eric Lundquest and Scott Christensen were appointed to terms on the Southwest Leon County ESD#2.

Following the recent deluge in the county no action was taken on an item to implement a burn ban.

The commissioners expressed a gladness to see XTO operating in Leon County again and approved a 90 day road use agreement for CR336 in precinct 3.

David Welch was appointed as Cunstable for Precinct 4 for the next year.

An agenda item for the Expo Center drew no comments.

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