County picks contractor for repairs


TexasSource Contracting was selected as general contractor at risk Monday by the Madison County Commissioners’ Court to take charge of all repairs to county property done by last year’s Hurricane Harvey.

After two rounds of bidding, Clint Carroll and his firm will handle repairs and any transactions with the county’s insurance company after commissioners voted unanimously to award the position.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel was absent from Monday’s proceedings.

The vote came after brief discussion about how much each bidder was charging for the work; however, those funds will be provided by the insurance company.

According to county officials, the county has received $107,000 from its insurance company, and the county will have to put up $26,000 in deductibles.

If additional damages were uncovered during the course of the work, it will be covered by supplemental insurance coverage.

In other business, the county:

•heard a presentation from a resident regarding a proposal from MD Anderson regarding oil pumping, which area residents felt only benefitted the company and did nothing for the land owners or those who held mineral rights;

•approved $3,000 in HOT funds to be used for advertising for the annual Lion’s Club Gun Show, which is scheduled for Aug. 18-19;

•approved a grant agreement with FEMA for Hurricane Harvey reimbursement funds; and

•discussed January tax and fee collections. The County Clerk collected $17,049.80; the District Clerk $2,089.10; and the Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office collected $2,370,136.60 in taxes, $858,309 in motor vehicle taxes, and $77.18 in boat registrations.