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Commissioners Accept Large Check

DONATION -- The Leon County Extension Education Association presents the Leon County Commissioners with a big check for $577,066.09 that represents their volunteer contributions for 2018.

Leon County Commissioners met Wednesday, February 27th, for their last regular meeting of the month. County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

The court was pleased to accept what Judge Ryder refers to as ?The Big Check? from representatives of the local EEA groups. The check represents the sum of all the hours the volunteers put in during 2018 to serve the community and provide scholarships that aid Leon County students. The court approved the check and thanked the ladies for their continued support and work throughout the county.

Judge Ryder spoke on further legal defeats for The High Speed Rail that Texas Central is trying to build between Houston and Dallas. According to Ryder, four recent cases in Grimes County came to the same end as the one this month in Leon County with the judges ruling in favor of the property owners. The rulings establish again that Texas Central is not a train and does not have eminent domain.

Judge Ryder also noted that the similar High Speed Rail project in California has been stopped due to excessive construction costs. Leon Commissioners Court support the Texans Against the High Speed Rail in hopes of preventing the project from being built. Most rural landowners agree and are against the project due to property devaluation in areas of the proposed path of the train.

The court approved a resolution dealing with unfunded mandates. According to Leon County Auditor Melissa Abney, the unfunded mandates take about 31% of the yearly budget.

The court approved a request from Sheriff Ellis to apply for a Criminal Justice grant through Homeland Security. If awarded, this would be a $122,000 no match grant to purchase equipment for the federal response team.

Approval was given to sign the Lease Agreement for Election Equipment for the May 4th, City of Buffalo Election.

The court approved the request from the Chapel of the Hills Church to use the Centerville Square for an Easter Community Outreach.

Exit audits were accepted from the District Clerk and the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4.

The court discussed and approved the upcoming Tire Recycling Event to be held April 11. The court also approved the changes in the county?s expenditure for the Tire Event.

Approval was given for the reappointment of Mary Higgs to the MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley Board of Trustees for a term to begin March 1, 2019 through February 28, 2021.

The court approved giving Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District #428 a donation of $1,000. And approval was given for the renewal of the Xerox Copier lease for the Justice Center.