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Commissioners Discuss County Agent Retirement
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 • Posted June 29, 2011

During their June 27 meeting, the Mason County Commissioners' Court moved quickly through their short agenda, dealing with various grant funding requirements and the housekeeping details that are part of those grants.During the report of Judge Jerry Bearden, he notified the Commissioners that County Agent, Brent Drennan, had notified the Court that he would be taking early retirement. Judge Bearden explained that the state would post the vacancy, take applications, and then present potential candidates to the Court for final selection. Drennan's retirement takes effect July 1st.During other business, the Court learned that they would be receiving a $300,000 grant from the Office of Rural Affairs of the Texas Department of Agriculture. That grant is reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the County after the flooding of 2010, particularly in areas of Precinct 3 (Katemcy, Fredonia).Sheriff Buster Nixon notified the Court of a $200,000 grant his office has received to purchase two new vehicles, video equipment and radios. The grant does not require matching funds, and the Sheriff is ready to make his purchases immediately.The Court discussed the lack of funding for the Texas Historical Commission Courthouse Restoration program. Judge Bearden told the Court that he had learned the new matching requirement might be up to 60% of total project costs, which would be far in excess of what Mason County could afford. He will discuss the matter with the architect and the Texas Historical Commission so that the Court can make a determination on how they will proceed.District Judge Rex Emerson was a guest in the Court, and he discussed the problem the District Courtroom has had with a persistent odor. Commissioner Will Frey made a suggestion about checking for dry plumbing traps, which the Court decided they would check into a bit later.The meeting adjourned at 10:31 a.m. The next regular meeting will be July 11.

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