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Ice and snow covered streets of Big Sandy at the turn to Gilmer. Photo by Andrew Kirby

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Correspondent

GILMER–With schools, some businesses and most courthouse offices closed because of an overnight snowstorm, Upshur County Commissioners Court nonetheless mustered a bare quorum Jan. 16 to hold its first meeting of 2018–a 5-minute affair which County Judge Dean Fowler said afterward was necessitated because the court had to approve the county’s payroll and pay bills.

In other business, the court approved a resolution authorizing itself to apply to the Texas Department of Agriculture for a grant for the Union Grove Water Supply Corporation. Grant funds would be used to provide first-time water service to some places.

In a separate vote, the court authorized Fowler to enter into an agreement with the corporation. He is the representative for the county iin all matters involving the application.

In another matter, the court approved a resolution to abandon the Rhonesboro, Upshur County plat. Pct. 4 Commissioner Mike Spencer said the county had some “old townships” from years ago which are not now needed, and which were interfering with surveys involving property ownership.

Fowler, Spencer, and Pct. 3 Commissioner Frank Berka attended Tuesday’s meeting. Absent were Pct. 3 Commissioner Don Gross and Pct. 1 Commissioner Paula Gentry, who has not attended a meeting since being injured in a mid-September auto accident.