Commissioners Hear Update from Texans Against High Speed Rail

All four Leon County Commissioners were present for their last regular meeting of the month, Wednesday, June 26th. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Kyle Workman, Chairman of The Texans Against the High Speed Rail, delivered an update to the court in a reaction to the recent similar update that Elizabeth Grindstaff of Texas Central gave to the same court a few weeks ago. Texas Central is the organization that is attempting to build the ?Bullet Train? that would travel at 200mph from Houston to Dallas.

According to Workman, much of what Grindstaff said was inaccurate, or, at least, misleading. For example, Grindstaff said that the project was progressing nicely and construction should start early next year.

But, Workman reminded the court that Texas Central does NOT have eminent domain. And without eminent domain, they can not complete the environmental study that is required to begin construction.

?The courts have upheld the land owners who have challenged Texas Central so far,? said Workman. ?And we have every confidence that they will continue to do so. We can go to the Supreme Court and win.? Workman concluded by thanking the court for their continued support in the fight against the ?Bullet Train?.

Following a brief executive session, Commissioners returned to the public forum and approved the agreement between the City of Garland and Leon County for payment in lieu of taxes.

Also approved was the retirement of an employee in Precinct 4 and placing another employee in that position.

Approval was voted on the request from Leslie Wallrath to use the Gazebo on the Centerville Square on July 3rd to read the Declaration of Independence at 12:00pm.

The court approved the resignation of Eric Lundquist, ESD#2 and replacing Lundquist with Hank Dembosky on the Board of Commissioners to fill out the remaining term.

Approval was given on the road use agreement for CR 289 in Precinct 2.

The court approved signing the agreement between Leon County and BVCOG for E911 Public Safety Answering Point Services and E911 Database Maintenance Services Interlocal Agreements. This is beneficial to keep mapping in Leon County up-to-date.

The Emergency Notification System Interlocal agreement between BVCOG and Leon County for 911 was approved.

The Workforce Commission?s request to install a lock box on their office in Leon County was approved.

The contract for services with Bedias Creek Soil and Water Conservation District #428 was approved.

Commissioner David Ferguson reminded everyone to come out and enjoy all the 4th of July celebrations in Centerville and at the Expo.