College project moving along

By Kristen Tribe | Published Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Wise County Commissioners breezed through a handful of regular business items at their regular meeting Monday.

County Judge Bill McElhaney told commissioners that a “construction manager at risk” for the Weatherford College Wise County project will be hired soon.

Commissioner Kevin Burns said the county is working with utility providers, and a footprint of the building has been agreed upon by all parties.

McElhaney said bond sales probably will begin at the end of August, and they “may actually move some dirt in December.” The college will be located near the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1655 between Decatur and Bridgeport.

The judge updated commissioners on the hearings schedule for the two proposed Oncor power lines that could run through Wise County.

There was a preliminary hearing June 20 for the line proposed to run through northern Wise County, and the actual hearing has been set for Aug. 2. McElhaney said it could last five days, and a final decision most likely would come out in October.

There is a preliminary hearing on the proposed southern line July 20 in Austin, which he plans to attend.

The judge also said that work continues on the budget, and the deficit is hovering around $3 million.

“I still think we can come up with a plan and budget that will be just a little bit under the current (tax) rate, even if the effective rate were to be higher,” he said.

Commissioners accepted donations to the animal shelter of money, dog food and equipment.

In other business, they approved:

  • the final plat of Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center in Precinct 4;
  • renewing insurance policies with the Texas Association of Counties, including auto physical damage, liability, general liability, public officials’ liability and law enforcement liability; and
  • right-of-way permits for Devon Energy on County Road 4396 and Greenwood Road.

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