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2011-05-12 / Front Page

Commissioners Adopt Criteria for Redrawing Precinct Lines

by Rainey Owen

In the last week, Lee County Commissioners have had two meetings in order to consider redistricting of political boundaries, and on Monday, adopted criteria for that redistricting. The final boundaries are not expected to be defined for several weeks.

Redistricting is required every ten years after the Census is taken, and its purpose is to reflect fair representation for minority voters in order to achieve the “One Person One Vote” numerical balance at the polls as dictated by federal law.

In other action, the Commissioners heard several regular reports from county officials. They approved the Sheriff ’s Office request to participate in the Texas 1033 Surplus Property Program. In the past, this program has proven to be beneficial for the County by making available needed equipment at favorable prices.

The Commissioners also approved the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update required by the State and a Preliminary Energy Assessment Service Agreement between the County and the State Energy Conservation Office. This latter agreement puts the County in a good position to apply for future Energy Conservation Grants that may become available.

The Court also voted to accept a proposal from Veolia Environmental Services to vacuum the elevator shaft in the Courthouse and to provide all transportation for any waste products removed. This cleaning and vacuuming will be a part of the elevator repair now under way. The whole process is expected to be complete and the elevator back in working order within the next 60 days.

Melinda Krause, Lee County Treasurer, was designated as Plan Sponsor for the Nationwide Retirement Solutions Plan.

With the Fire Danger Index at an all time high of 709, with over 500 being the trigger point for fire concerns, the Court voted to continue the Burn Ban.

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