In an everyday assembly of Grimes County Commissioners Court, Wednesday, April 6, commissioners permitted a movement denying the 381 Application submitted by Candela Renewables for a solar challenge in Grimes County. The movement was based mostly on the advice of the citizen and courtroom committee which met March 28 and decided Candela’s utility didn’t meet Grimes County’s 381 pointers.
County Attorney Jon C. Fultz acknowledged that the courtroom has the power to disclaim an utility if it doesn’t meet the rules. Candela requested 5 years reimbursement as an alternative of the usual three years.
County Judge Joe Fauth mentioned, “At the end of the day, the landowners have the right to lease their property to Candela Renewables and Candela can move forward and build their solar farm but it was the recommendation of the committee which reviewed this on behalf of the court that we not recommend any type of tax abatement or 381 agreement.”
Commissioner Chad Mallett was absent from courtroom.
May 7 Election orders permitted
Commissioners permitted each the Order of Election and the Election Notice for the Special Election ordered by Governor Greg Abbott to be held May 7.
According to Elections Administrator Lucy Ybarra, due to the 2021 second and third legislative classes, two amendments didn’t make it on to the November 2021 poll and will likely be voted on within the Special Election May 7.
Ybarra mentioned, “For us, this takes our General May Election and makes it a Special and a General. It also costs us a little more money.”
Ybarra suggested the courtroom that further prices had been factored into her finances and she or he wouldn’t be requesting further funds.
Early voting will happen Monday-Friday, April 25-29 and Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3 on the following areas: Grimes County courthouse in Anderson, the Iola Community Center and Navasota Center. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except Tuesdays when polls are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
May 7 Election Day polling locations embody the Grimes County courthouse in Anderson, Bedias Community Center, Iola Community Center, Navasota Center, Todd Mission City Hall and Whitehall Community Cen ter from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Gran Fondo expects 1,500 bike riders
Commissioners permitted the suitable of means allow utility for the Gran Fondo Bike Ride to be held Sunday, April 10, contingent upon signatures by Sheriff Don Sowell and Emergency Management Coordinator David Lilly and authorizing the county choose as signatory.
The charity bike journey, based in 2010, expects roughly 1,500 riders to undergo a portion of Grimes County to relaxation stops in Richards and Anderson.
Beneficiaries of the bike journey are the Montgomery County Food Bank, the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Other courtroom motion:
•Approved Consent Agenda objects which included the Treasurer’s List of Claims and Bills, payroll, Budget Amendments and line-item transfers, the Treasurer’s Monthly Report for February 2022 and a waterline set up allow for Wickson Creek SUD on CR 224 in Precinct 2.
•Approved and proclaimed April 2022 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Grimes County.
•Approved the First Amendment to the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Montgomery and Grimes County-Auto Task Force Grant.
•Approved County Clerk Vanessa Burzynski’s request so as to add 4 books of Probate Minutes from the 1800s to the Kofile scanning challenge at a price of $4,394.20 out of Fund 54 which is devoted to information retention.
•Approved request of Road & Bridge Engineer Harry Walker to approve the plat of Lacy’s Love Subdivision on CR 210 off CR 215 and FM 1774 in Pct. 2 consisting of seven tons on 23 acres.
•Approved Walker’s request to just accept the roads within the Muir Woods Subdivision into the developer upkeep interval and scale back their street safety bond to the upkeep stage of 20% and $388,324.
•Received the Road & Bridge Report.
•Rescheduled dialogue and potential motion on the 381 Agreement with Champion Home Builders to April 20.
•Rescheduled dialogue and potential motion to undertake Tax Abatement Guidelines for calendar yr 2022 and 2023 and Local Government Code Chapter 381 Agreement Guidelines to April 20.
•Approved the easement settlement with Entergy Texas, Inc. granting easement throughout Blocks 25 and 26 of the Stoneham Town Plat.
•Rescheduled dialogue and potential motion on Courthouse Security and Courtroom Protocol to April 20.
•Approved Judge Joe Fauth’s request that 100% of funds obtained from housing out-of-county inmates go to the Jail with 25% going to Operating Expenses and 75% to Capital Improvements. The efficient date is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2021 and applies to all out-of-county agreements.
•Regarding Strategic Plan updates, Grimes County Animal Rescue will maintain a groundbreaking April 20.
•No motion was taken associated to proposed ARPA expenditures.
Burn Ban: The burn ban stays lifted.