Commissioners hear US 67 presentation

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The Pecos County Commissioners met Monday, June 24 for a bimonthly meeting, and received updates on the U.S. 67 Corridor Master Plan.

The Texas Department of Transportation's plan is to take the current U.S. Route 67 and make it an interstate highway. The update covered the 142 miles from I-10 west of Fort Stockton to the Presidio/Ojinaga port of entry on the border with Mexico. That segment is part of a bigger plan to turn the current Route 67 into an interstate running from the border to Illinois and Iowa.

The cities affected in West Texas would be Marfa, Alpine, Presidio and surrounding communities.

The extra traffic has created the plan which is not a set in stone plan but more of guidelines for any future work on the road.

Some of the things they are suggesting are bike lanes in the cities and rest areas between Marfa and Presidio.

More information can be found on txdot.gov.

In other news:

• The court approved transferring $25,000 into Pecos County Precinct 4 for road and bridge improvements. Next year the county anticipates getting more money from the state for being one of the top oil producing counties.

• The commissioners approved a City of Fort Stockton/Pecos County interlocal services agreement in reference to Coyanosa/Imperial trash collection. The agreement is the same as last year with just dates changed. Fort Stockton collects trash from the collection containers in Imperial and Coyanosa once a week.

• The commissioners approved the purchase of election equipment from ES&S. The new system is an electronic counting system and voting system where the voter gets a blank ballot card that they insert in the machine and make selections of the touch screen before it prints a physical copy. The cost to the county will be around $186,471 split over three years. The first payment will be $62,770.

• The commissioners approved a purchase of 11 ergonomic task chairs in the amount of $2,089 for adult probation. They have budgeted $3,300 and asked to use the remainder to purchase chair mats which was also approved.

• The commissioners accepted $27,000 from the Fort Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau for drawings from JSA Architects. The drawings were for improvements to the Pecos County Coliseum.

• The commissioners approved 3 to 1 the interlocal contract between the Department of Information Resources relating to an election assessment. The assessment will be done by AT&T and the state is funding it regardless of how local governments feel. Judge Joe Shuster and Commissioner Mickey Jack Perry voted against on principle.

• The court approved a temporary fresh water line over the road in precinct 4 crossing over Trophy Road. The line wont require any boring or excavations, will only be present for 30 days and will be monitored 24 hours a day by an employee.

The Pecos County Commissioners meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at the county courtroom, 103. W. Callaghan Street.

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