Marion County sets Earth Week

Earth Week 2018by BOB PALMER, Jimplecute Editor

Marion County Commissioners designated Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 28 as Earth Week.

During the week, facilities for dumping debris and refuse will be open in each precinct. A few items like tires and paint cars are prohibited.

In other action, commissioners agreed, without taking formal action, that a grant to reduce flood damage in the county was a good idea.

Mary Kay Thomas with Amazing Grants explained to the court the program launched in 2016 offered the county money for a 1 percent match.

“Your share of a $500,000 grant would be a $5,000 match,” Thomas, who has merged her operation with Grant Works, said.

Thomas sees the grant as an opportunity to “prepare for the next flood.”

The money could be used to restore and improve infrastructure in areas that could flood again.

“I think the county needs to look at this,” Thomas said. “It gives you an opportunity to get things done.”

“Most definitely,” Commissioner J.R. Ashley replied.

Commissioner Charlie Treadwell was also on board.

“As far as I am concerned, yes,” Treadwell said.

Thomas left with the sense the court would entertain a flood abatement grant proposal.

Commissioners tabled a proposal to lease a new copier for the county Extension office to allow time to gather purchase proposals.

“I just hate to tie into another darn lease,” Commissioner Joe McKnight said.

The county’s property insurance policy with the Texas Association of Counties was renewed with a $1,000 deductable.

An inter-local agreement with Dallas County was approved to allow Marion County to purchase patrol cars through the Dallas bid.

The annual review and approval of the county investment policy was approved. Government code changes required many of the changes to allow use of mutual funds.

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