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Further movement toward establishing a road use fee and finding a new justice of the peace will top the agenda when Howard County commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the third-floor courtroom of the county courthouse.
Commissioners will review a recent opinion from the Texas Attorney General's office that gives a green light â€” for the most part â€” to plans to charge a fee to oil field company trucks which use county roads. That money would be used to help pay for needed repairs to the deteriorating roads.
â€śThe A.G.'s office pretty much said we can do it, as long as it's at a reasonable price,â€ť Howard County Judge Mark Barr said. â€śIt's a very broad opinion, so we'll spend a lot of time trying to figure out just what a 'reasonable' fee is.â€ť
The court recently gave the go-ahead for the county to begin charging for permits â€” deemed road use agreements â€” that will have the companies using the roadways paying at least a portion of the overall bill to repair them.