County OKs DL office

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The Madison County Commissioner’s Court on Monday approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety that will soon put it back in the driver’s license business.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel Jr. said the letter of agreement states there will be a state and a county employee staffing the office, which will be in the county annex building.

However, he said, the office will only process renewals; it will not have the necessary equipment or personnel to administer new driving tests.

“What it means for us is we’ll need to hire one employee to help man it,” McDaniel said. “I think it will be something our residents will be tickled about.”

In a separate matter, Kimberly Gross of Cross Texas Transmission told commissioners that a route for the 70-mile transmission line linking Limestone and Gibbons Creek generators has been approved by the Public Utility Commission.

The route will help provide additional power to the Houston area. It was approved Dec. 17, 2015.

It will cross into Madison County west of Normangee near County Road 351, and head south-southeast through the county, passing between Normangee and North Zulch, and exit into Grimes County near Panky Creek, according to a map provided by CTT.

Gross said that letters will now be sent to landowners and area residents informing them about the changes, and what the next steps of the process will be.

Agents from CTT will begin contacting landowners as part of environmental, civil and cultural surveys on property. Negotiations for acquisition of land will begin in February.

Construction of the line is expected to be finished in 2018, she said.

In other business, the county:

•accepted a bid of $500 from Yolanda Franklin for a tract of land near Fourth and Mitchell streets;

•rejected a mineral lease request from MD America LLC on land in the James Christian and John T. Vaughn surveys; and

•approved an agreement between the county and Madison County Economic Development Corp.

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