Commissioners approve road contracts, appoint members to Historical Society


Smith County commissioners have chosen the vendors they'll use to purchase various road materials as the county looks to complete $5.1 million in roadwork this fiscal year. 

The materials the county will need include drainage culverts, refined road oil, hot mix asphalt and surface treatment.  

The Road and Bridge Department added five employees to its team, plus more funds to buy road materials in 2017. That is in addition to a one-time influx of $4 million for special projects, which will get the county started on repairing its road infrastructure while the Commissioners Court evaluates how to move forward on an estimated $84 million to $124 million in needed road repairs, according to a study commissioned by the county in 2014.

During its meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners Court approved contracting with Contech ES, HD Waterwork LTD and Morrison Supply for culverts. The county will use Morrison Supply for refined road oil, Texas Bit and Wood County Asphalt for hot mix asphalt and Reynolds and Kay for surface treatments.


The court approved nine people to serve a two-year term on the Smith County Historical Commission. Those appointees include: Andrew Leath, Dorothy Franks, Randal Gilbert, Bobby McClenny, Kevan Kirksey, Rob Jones, David Hudson, Marketta Tefteller and Scott Fitzgerald.

Commissioners also approved a 1.5 percent increase in price for inmate medical services, which was built into the contract with Inmate Medical Services.

Commissioners delayed a vote on accepting a resolution for statewide court case database, per the request of the district clerk. The court will take up the matter after the first of the year, they said.

The Commissioners Court will meet next Tuesday, but only to approve the payment of bills. No contracts or other matters will be taken up.

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