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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS – Correspondent

GILMER–With a bare quorum present, Upshur County Commissioners Court on May 31 approved declaring scrap iron from the Road and Bridge Department as surplus and seeking bids on it.

County Road Administrator Andy Jordan said his department had accumulated a “snake pen” of such iron.

When Pct. 4 Commissioner Mike Spencer asked whether it would be better to obtain bids by the pound (tonnage) rather than the product, Jordan said it probably would. County Judge Dean Fowler said the advertisement for bids would instruct that offers be priced by the ton.

Bids must be in Fowler’s office by 5 p.m. June 29 to be opened at the court’s June 30 meeting. Pre-payment is required before scrap iron is removed.

In other business last week, the court approved purchasing a 1994 model Case bulldozer from Kevin Connor for $45,550.

The motion stipulated the payment be made June 1. Otherwise, Jordan told the court, he would lose the deal.

In other action, the court approved paying a Waco firm, Sydaptic, to repair cameras at the county justice center.

Cost is $1,097.50 for labor and $163.56 for parts, said Fowler. Payment will be made from the Courthouse Security Fund.

The court also approved recording County Auditor Brandy Lee’s certification of the receipt of insurance proceeds on a vehicle from the sheriff’s office, and adopted a special budget for the funds.

Fowler said the $17,447.08 received for a truck used by sheriff’s Captain Gary Roberts would be placed in the Federal Equitable Sharing Fund in case county personnel wanted to buy a new vehicle.

The court also last week:

–transferred a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup from District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office to the Building Maintenance Department.

–approved several routine items, such as the payroll, budget amendments and accepting certain documents for recording. The vote on approving payment of bills was 2-0 with Spencer abstaining since his son had made a sale to the county.

Pct. 3 Commissioner Frank Berka and Pct. 1 Commissioner Paula Gentry were absent from the 12-minute meeting, while Pct. 2 Commissioner Don Gross joined Fowler and Spencer in attending. Fowler said Berka was out of town and that Gentry was dealing with a family matter.