The Jasper County Commissioners Court convened on Monday and voted to move forward with plans to close County Road 829 in the south most end of the county.
The action came at the request of Ronnie Beard who had filed a petition with the county to close the road due to a lack of use. Beard told the commissioners that his home was the only one on the road and that his property at the end of the roadway had become an area where people frequently dumped on trash and other items. In addition, Beard said his property had been vandalized.
The need to close the road was echoed by Precinct 4 Commissioner Vance Moss, who said that he had reviewed the situation and agreed with the closure.
Before the session was over The commissioners also voted to move forward with paying employees of the Jasper County Sheriff's Department for accrued compensatory time from the prisoner reimbursement fund as the result of overtime worked as the result of the Coronavirus and other disasters that have occurred in the last year.
County Judge Mark Allen explained that the roughly $24,000 would come from money received from funds already received in a grant.
In other action, the commissioners re-appointed Brent Meaux, Molly Thacker and Randal Dally to the Jasper County Economic District #1 board in the Lake Rayburn Area of North Jasper County.
The court also accepted a donation of $10,000 from the Westvaco Paper Mill at Evadale and a donation of $1,000 from the Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative at Kirbyville to be used for emergency management.
During the meeting the commissioners received a report from Jasper County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scotty Duncan regarding the Jasper County Jail.
Duncan said he and others were still continuing with the plan of having a nurse on call at the jail for medical need and emergencies.
Also during the session, Duncan gave a report stating that in June, Jasper County had received a total of $32,160 for the care and housing of inmates at the complex. He said those payments included $14,880 from Newton County, $9,120 from Sabine County and $8,116 from Tyler County. In addition Duncan said it was possible that Jasper County might soon be called on to house inmates from Nacogdoches County as well due to jail crowding there.