Commissioners approved two nominations to the Cooke County Appraisal District board of directors during Monday’s regular meeting.
Current board members Jerry Fleitman and Randell Reed were approved for reappointment, which follows the recent nominations of Beverly Snuggs and D.A. Clifton following nominations from multiple taxing entities.
“As it is currently, there were only five nominations,” said Chief Appraiser Doug Smithson. “Therefore, there will not be an election.”
Smithson said the next step is a swearing-in ceremony for the reappointed directors, set for the morning of Jan. 8.
Other meeting highlights:
• Commissioners approved supporting the appointment of a local federal judicial nominee for the Sherman division of the Eastern District of Texas — a federal court network that includes Cooke County. The same resolution is in the approval process among other county courts in the same district.
• Commissioners approved using the county contingency fund to subsidize an ongoing roof project at Gainesville’s Department of Public safety building.
• Commissioners approved these consent agenda items: a contract with Texas Department of Public Safety for driver license records; a closure of Cooke County Library at 5 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2013; allowance of library officials to apply for the Christina B. Woll Grant and the Loleta D. Fyan Grant; acceptance of the donation of map frames valued at $375 to the Cooke County EMS Station 1 from David Parsons of Door Stop; the salvage of unusable 35mm cameras and video recorders and miscellaneous boxes from the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office; the salvage of a 1989 Champion motor crader from Road and Bridge Precinct 1; allowance of the county attorney’s office to apply for a scholarship to allow Callie Paxton, victim assistance coordinator, to attend the conference on Crimes Against Women in 2014; approval of sheriff’s office bonds; a cell phone allowance for Aaron Carney, investigator, for the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office; accepting donations to the Cooke County Historical Commission for the publication of their county history book ($50 Patty Brennan, $250 Rodney Howell, $100 Mrs. J.E. Pybas, $10 Leon Bayer, $500 V.F.W. Club, $250 Cooke County Heritage Society, $100 Prosperity Bank, $250 Muenster State Bank, $100 Landmark Bank, $100 The Zielinski Law Firm, PC, $50 Rebecca Lawson); contract with Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department for fire services; internal quarterly audits of the county clerk; a rider for Donna Felker, assistant treasurer’s bond; a bond and attached rider for Patty Brennan, treasurer; allowing the annual “Festival of Trees” to be held in the courthouse hosted by the Gainesville Main Street Program, plus holiday activities in the courthouse following the city Christmas parade on Dec. 5; and allowing Cooke County Library officials to apply for the “Texas Commission on the Arts: quarterly grant.
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