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County backs a bus route

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

{{{*}}}All roads lead to the Fort Worth T Station.

Maybe not all roads, but Wise County commissioners hope at least one will lead to the public transportation system if a bus route is established from Decatur to Tarrant County.

The Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS) is proposing the project, and commissioners Monday ratified a letter of support from County Judge Bill McElhaney to the transportation group.

“They had a deadline on applying for a grant, so that’s why I went ahead and wrote the letter,” McElhaney said. “It would be a really good project if they can get the funding.”

The judge said a TAPS route to Weatherford College Wise County is also being considered.

In related business, commissioners reappointed Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White to the TAPS board of directors. His term will run October 2012 through September 2014.

DISTRICT CLERK’S OFFICE

Commissioners approved a one-year contract with Experience Works, which will provide a person to work in the district clerk’s office scanning documents.

District Clerk Brenda Rowe said work done the previous 18 months has depleted paper files by 15 percent, and she would like to have 72 percent of the files in digital format.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION

Commissioners also approved Rosalie Gregg’s recommendation that Kerry Clower be named president of the Wise County Historical Commission upon her future retirement. His term would start in January 2013 and run through December 2014.

In other business, commissioners:

  • ratified an interlocal agreement with Denton County to house Denton County Jail inmates, effective Oct. 4.
  • rejected all bids for a used dump truck. “I may just purchase a new one at a later date,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns. “They’re not the bargain I was shopping for.”
  • accepted an $800 donation to Public Works from the Alvord Cemetery Association.
  • ratified a proclamation declaring Oct. 7-13 National 4-H Week.

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