Grimes County Commissioners suspended court on Wednesday, April 20 to proceed with the long-awaited grand opening of the Grimes County Animal Rescue Facility to be built behind the Grimes County Justice and Business Center . GCAR Board Chair Kristin Keally Carrell with gold shovels was a board member and Pct. 2 Commissioner David Dobyanski and GCAR contributors Dan Agan and Johnny Mancuso.
The idea for a county animal shelter began in earnest in 2014 during five citizen “listening sessions” facilitated by the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University. Citizens’ wish lists were prioritized to form Grimes County‘s strategic plan, and an animal shelter was in the top 10%.
Carrell, a high school student at the time, chose the need for an animal shelter as the community service project for the FFA organization’s scholarship program.
Carrell told the Navasota Examiner in 2021, “Even after my time on the program ended, I continued to work on the project because I felt like it was something the community really needed. . I guess perseverance pays!
Since her initial involvement eight years ago, Carrell has graduated from high school and Texas A&M, married and is expecting her first child, all while gaining the organization’s tax-exempt status, starting a foster program and contracting with Aggieland Human Society for low cost sterilization services for residents of Grimes County.
County Judge Joe Fauth, Commissioner Phillip Cox and Commissioner Chad Mallett also participated in the monumental dedication. Commissioner Barbara Walker was absent.
Sale of a departmental property
The Commissioners have given permission to Roads and Bridges Engineer Harry Walker to proceed with the auction of the former Stoneham maintenance barn at 10744 Spur 234 and the former Piedmont maintenance barn consisting of two plots at 1104 Piedmont in Navasota, and authorized Commissioner Barbara Walker to oversee the sale.
The properties will go up for sale at a separate auction, at a time to be determined, immediately prior to the June 7 county tax sale at the Grimes County Courthouse scheduled for 11 a.m. Public notices will be published before the sale.
Other legal action:
• Approved Consent Agenda Items, which included Treasurer’s List of Claims and Invoices, Payroll, Budget Changes and Item Transfers, Power Line Installation Permit for Mid-South on CR 127 and CR 161 in Pct. 1, internal audit reports from Nov. 24, 2021-Jan. 7, 2022.
•Received quarterly report from Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Office.
•Received an update on ongoing Grimes County Jail and Justice Center projects. It has been announced that Rodney Floyd will start on April 25 as county maintenance department chief.
• Approved a seasonal and temporary CDL driver for Road & Bridge and authorized the auditor to prepare the necessary shift transfer.
• Filed review and approval of Porch Swing subdivision plate on CR 110 in PCT. 1.
• Approved Road & Bridge to purchase a grader from Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing using the R&B fund balance.
•Approval of Road & Bridge to purchase an 84-inch steel roller through HGAC Government Procurement Service using ARPA funds and reduction of ARPA funds allocated to the excess to $350,000.
•Approved amendment to Agreement 381 with Champion Home Builders to include 15 year cumulative life for equipment.
• Approval of the adoption of the guidelines of the 2022-2023 381 agreement to include a cumulative life of 15 years for the equipment.
•Proclaimed April 24 – May 1 Soil and Water Stewardship Week and county judge authorized as signatory.
• No action has been taken on the City of Plantersville’s investigation into the use of current law enforcement personnel and county equipment for additional patrol and security.
• Discussion of reimbursement of current travel expenses of $11 for lunch, $12 for lunch, $23 for dinner ($46) and the standard rate of $59 by the General Services Administration to consider during the budget process.
•Table discussion and action to establish courthouse and courtroom security protocol.
•No action on ARPA spending.
•Received a public comment from Thomas Dobyanski asking to change the name of a private road back to Dobyanski Lane. See the related article on page 3 for more comments.
Prohibition of burning: The ban on burning remains lifted.