Panola County Commissioners recently approved action that will continue to provide local crime victims with access to notification of a change in offender status in matters involving them.
The court approved a grant contract through the Texas Attorney General’s Office for the Statewide Victim Notification System (SAVNS) at their September 13 regular meeting. PCT. 4 Commissioner Dale LaGrone moved to approve while Craig Lawless, Pct. 3, seconded the motion.
The system is designed to provide victims of crime with access to information and notifications about changes in offender status and court events impacting their case, according to the AG’s office. The program provides information to victims of crime through a toll-free number and a dedicated website, officials said.
“The system provides survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned residents with access to reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in US prisons and prisons,” according to the AG’s office. Those interested can visit vinelink.com; or call (877) TX4-VINE for more information or to sign up for notifications.
In other cases, the court voted unanimously to hold a public hearing to consider lowering the speed limit on County Road 306.
They will be accepting public comment on a recommendation to lower the speed limit to 30 miles per hour at 1:30 p.m. on September 27. After the public hearing, a vote on the matter could take place.
Commissioners approved a proposal from the Dallas-based Scott-Merriman Company for the preservation and digitization of probate and final estate records at the county clerk’s office, to be paid for by the records preservation fund. from the county clerk for the 2023 budget.
The court has approved the cancellation of a rental agreement with Johnny Wayne Harrison for earth and clay for Pct. 3 and 4. The reason for the cancellation was that the lessor ran out of land at its location and it was not possible to transport it from other locations, officials said.
Commissioners approved payment of bills and payroll prepared by the Panola County Treasurer.
They also approved the awarding of food purchases for the Panola County detention to the lowest and best food vendors on the recommendation of Lt. Tina McMullen. County Judge David Anderson said the action is an item that comes up every year but requires court approval.
During the public comment portion of the agenda, Keri Perot-Vance, executive director of the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, briefed commissioners on a local shop campaign that begins Monday, September 19. Also during the citizen comment period, she informed them of an upcoming grant workshop in October.
An economic development workshop on grants and programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 18 at Panola College.
“We have quite a long list of special guests coming up,” she said. “We invited USDA, Texas Department of Agriculture, SBDC (Small Business Development Center), Texas Workforce, SBA (Small Business Administration), Sabine River Authority, TxDOT and ETCOG.”
Judge David Anderson greeted members of a government class from Carthage High School and introduced the class to the individual commissioners.
The court unanimously approved the agenda items on consent, including:
- Recorded pay raise to $17.65 an hour for Panola County Sheriff’s Department Communications Officer Kaylee Sparks, effective August 27
- Recorded a wage increase to $15.60 an hour for Candace Pinke, an assistant clerk in the Panola County Tax Assessor’s Office effective Sept. 12.
- Record of Bobby Henley’s separation as temporary operator with the Panola County Road & Bridge Department, Precinct 3 effective September 1 at 5 p.m.
- Recording of Rodney Cole’s separation as operator with the Panola County Road & Bridge Department, Precinct 3 effective September 6 at 5 p.m.
- To record the resignation of Chris Williams as the Panola County Sheriff’s Department Detention Officer effective September 9, 2022.
- To record the resignation of Holden Ritter as Detention Officer of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective September 23.
- To register the employment of Jeffery McAndrews as a Detention Officer with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective September 10, 2022 at the rate of $16.66 per hour.
- Authorize the county auditor to issue sealed bids for road fuel oil (cracking fuel oil); corrugated steel pipe culverts; polyethylene corrugated culverts; gravel; used tank cars/flat cars; iron ore concrete; crushed limestone; pug grinding; diesel/petrol; and asphalt. Tenders will be opened during an ordinary session of the Court of Commissioners scheduled for October 11, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Specifications available at the County Judge’s Office, 110 S. Sycamore, Room 216-A, Carthage, Texas and at the County Warehouse, 1121 E. Sabine, Carthage, Texas.
- Approve and register an application by Comstock Resources, Inc. to place temporary 10-inch flat waterlines in the right-of-way for Panola County Roads 311 and 3122.
- Approve and register an application from Atmos Energy Corp. to place 36-inch steel pipes in the right-of-way of Panola County Roads 264, 2641, 265 (2), 3062 and 3063.
- Approve the minutes of the Court of Commissioners meetings held during the month of August 2022.
- To record the budget for the Panola County Vehicle Inventory Tax Interest Fund for fiscal year 2023.
- To file the Fiscal Year 2023 Compensation Order Forms for the County Auditor, Assistant County Auditors and the 123rd Panola County Court Reporter; and register oath of office forms for the county auditor and deputy county auditors.
- Approve and register Amendment No. 19 to the 2022 budget.
- Approve and register the Panola County Investment Report for the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2022.
- Ratify and register TxDOT grant number M2319CART for the Airport Routine Maintenance Program between Panola County and the Texas Department of Transportation.
- Approve and record the addition of Section 5.08 to the Panola County Employee Handbook.
- To record the August 2022 Treasurer’s Report for the Panola County Treasurer’s Office.
- To file the August 2022 Fund Balance Report for the Panola County Auditor’s Office.
- Approve and register a request to participate in a conference form for the following Panola County elected officials/employees: Loretta Mason, Panola County Elections Administrator; Panola County Clerk Bobbie Davis; Panola County District Clerk Lindsey Smith; and Justice of the Peace for Panola County, Districts 1 and 4 Larry Fields.