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Hearing on Westwood Shores roads rescheduled

By Chris Edwards

GROVETON – The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court appointed a human resources manager for the county and saw to a few items dealing with roads at its regular meeting on Monday morning.

County Auditor Bonnie Kennedy was appointed to be the acting human resources manager for Trinity County. Kennedy, who has 25 years of experience in the HR field, agreed to accept the position with no additional cost to the county for the duties it entails. Precinct 3 Commissioner Neal Smith said the appointment was greatly needed by the county, due to a couple of recent issues, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Rich Chamberlin agreed. “With the murky waters of federal employment law, it’s important we have someone [in the HR field],” Chamberlin said. Kennedy’s appointment was sealed with a motion put on the table by Commissioner Smith and a second provided by Precinct 4 Commissioner Jimmy Brown.

Public hearing rescheduled

At 9:30 a.m. during the meeting County Judge Doug Page opened the court for a public hearing for the purpose of extending Texas Transportation Code Laws to all roads within the Westwood Shores Subdivision. County Attorney Joe Bell warned the commissioners that if the action was taken to extend the laws to all of the roads “there might be unintended consequences.” Bell referred to advice given to him by a colleague that could mean a de facto annexation of the roads into the county’s care if traffic laws were enforced. 

Precinct 1 Commissioner Grover “Tiger” Worsham said that the county would not accept the maintenance responsibility for the roads inside the subdivision, as they are not designated as county roads. There were also questions about the operation of golf carts and ATVs on the roads, if traffic laws were enforced. Precinct 2 Constable Mark Cole said he would research the matter, and bring his findings before the court on Monday, March 27, which is the date the hearing was passed to.

Commissioners also slated a hearing concerning another thoroughfare within the county. A hearing was scheduled for Monday, April 24, to discuss and act on a petition from residents of Hogg Extension Road to rename it to Davis Road.

Other business items:

During its meeting, the court also voted to:

•Appoint Commissioner Chamberlin as a liaison for the 911 Addressing Coordinator. Commissioner Chamberlin agreed to help whoever is appointed to the position. 

•Renew a contract with Auctioneer Express to post county surplus auction items online for bidding.

•Approve two budget amendments, one for the Precinct 2 Road and Bridge Fund and the other for the Sheriff’s Department. Money from remaining FEMA funds were approved to put into the Precinct 2 general fund. The Sheriff’s Department received a $1,000 donation to go toward the inmate farm.