By JESSIE HORTON
While a number of measures were passed on Monday morning, Erath County Commissioners took the first steps to allowing Commissioner Joe Brown (Pct. 3) to close an abandoned roadway in Bluff Dale.
According to Brown, who spoke in court Monday, this location is in the area near the old Family Dollar Store in Bluff Dale and the roadway has been abandoned so long trees are growing up in the middle of it. By closing the road and adjoining alley, the county will turn the 60 feet of roadway and 20 feet of alley back over to the landowners.
The commissioners voted unanimously to allow the closing of the abandoned roadway. However, the possible closing a portion of County Road 228, near Selden, and the discussion of issues concerning changing a private road into a county road in another location were both tabled until further information can be brought before the court on each measure.
In other business, the commissioners took on discussions about technology. First, they heard from the Erath County District Clerk and County Clerk on the efiling guidelines and processing instructions for the system the county’s clerks use. Gwinda Jones reported the system is the same system used by all 253 other counties in the state. The commissioners approved the items unanimously.
Before adjourning, commissioners approved a request from Colby Reynolds, Erath County Information and Technology Department, who advised he was planning on purchasing 2012 licenses for 17 of the county’s servers. He told the court that the county’s current operating system is on a 2008 server and the newest system is the one he’s looking to purchase.
“The upgrade of the county’s operating systems is something I have budgeted for,” Reynolds said Monday. “When you approved my budget earlier this year, you just said I needed to come back for permission to make the purchase once it was time. Now it’s time.”