Commissioners to discuss interim JP

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Wise County commissioners will discuss Monday the appointment of an interim justice of the peace for Precinct 2.

The post was left vacant just two weeks ago when Judge Terri Johnson was killed April 26 in a car accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur.

The interim JP will serve until the next general election, which is in November. Johnson was running unopposed this year, seeking a third term in office.

The local Republican Executive Committee will name a candidate to replace her on the ballot. J.D. Clark is leading the search committee, and he’s chosen Eric Marney, Rick Duwe and Ann Williams to assist him. Applications are being accepted through May 21.

In other business, commissioners will consider a proclamation noting the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension Service. Extension agents Tanya Davis and Todd Vineyard will present the Building a Better Texas Award to the county commissioners for “decades of cooperation and support.”

Commissioners will also discuss an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to contribute right-of-way funds for a project to make certain highway improvements on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur. They will also consider a supplemental agreement to an executed contribution agreement from 2009 (regarding a project on Farm Road 730) that would allow TxDOT to transfer surplus funds in the amount of $65,645.40 to the county for use on the Decatur project.

Also of note: The agenda includes an executive session for commissioners to meet with legal counsel for discussion and updates on pending litigation.

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