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Roads top commissioner agenda

December 20, 2012

With roads on their mind, Howard County commissioners will meet for the last time in 2012 Friday.

Among the agenda items is discussion and possible action regarding a proposed agreement aimed at requiring area trucking companies profiting from the boom in the oilfield to help finance the rehabilitation of numerous county roads.

Commissioners have been working on the pact for several months, said County Judge Mark Barr.

“Overall, the damage is estimated at approximately $22 million right now,” Barr said. “This isn't something we're going to be able to fix all at one time, obviously.”

The county recently took measures to begin addressing the problem when it put together its 2012-2013 budget, which included between $400,000 to $500,000 to be spent annually to address the local roadways.

According to Barr, the agreement is similar to documents utilized by other Texas counties.

“It won't put an end to this problem. What it should do, though, is place more of the financial burden on the companies that are causing the majority of the damage, instead of the taxpayers,” Barr said.

According to county officials, the agreement has been in the hands of County Attorney Josh Hamby, who has been charged with ironing out the legal details involved with its eventual implement.

Commissioners are also to meet with County Auditor Jackie Olson to discuss Invoices, purchase requests and proposed budget amendments.
County Clerk Donna Wright is slated to present her department's monthly report, while County Road and Bridge Administrator Brian Klinksiek will ask the court to consider bids for seal coating for local roadways.

The meeting will get under way at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information, contact the county judge's office at 432-264-2202.

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