Wise County commissioners decided Monday to restrict truck traffic on County Road 2474 in Precinct 2.
The action comes after a public hearing on the issue prior to its regular meeting June 16. Mike Pirtle was the only resident who attended the public forum, and he spoke in favor of closing the road to trucks. He described the road, saying it’s only 16 feet across at the widest point, and one quarter-mile section is only 10 feet wide.
Pirtle said at the hearing that the road has seen an increase in recreational use in recent years as an entrance to the LBJ National Grasslands, but his main concern was the possibility of increased oil and gas truck traffic.
There was no further discussion at Monday’s meeting, but commissioners unanimously approved the traffic restriction.
Laura Spain, with the Wise County Veterans Service Office, reported to commissioners on the activities of her office. She said from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, the office “has made $10,219,000 for this county.”
“I broke it down even more because it sounds even more impressive when you say $851,000 per month and $27,979 per day,” she said. “That’s what the veterans service brings into this county. That’s government money … that money is for immediate circulation. That money is for compensation and pension, healthcare, dependent benefits, funeral benefits … and all that money comes into the county thanks to my office.
“Obviously, it’s not just my office, but we’re really, really proud of what we’ve been able to do,” she said.
Spain said there are 40 years of experience between the office’s four employees. She was named state service officer of the year in 2013, and Patsy Harris was given a certificate of honor from the state for her work.
Regina Alexander was presented a certificate of appreciation for 15 years of service, and Terri Meeks also received a certificate of appreciation.
In other business, commissioners:
- presented the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission to the Wise County Historical Commission; and
- accepted the fiscal year 2013 annual outside audit report for the Wise County Emergency Service District No. 1.