Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 15, 2013

Game rancher’s gate request denied


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRIS AGEE



One local rancher wanted permission to install a gate on the county road on which he lives and works.

Appearing before county commissioners Monday morning, Chance Badgett said his is one of just two homes on the road and sought approval for an electric gate at the road entrance, allowing him to fence in his game.

“We can’t do anything with that lower half until we close it off,” he said.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Fryer said a gate would prohibit access of county workers on a county road.

Badgett responded by explaining he did not intend to require a code for entry and favored a gate that opens with the push of a button and automatically closes.

He added his lone neighbor does not oppose the installation of a gate, though Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Pierce interjected he heard conflicting testimony from the same individual.

According to Badgett, his neighbor did not object to the gate provided it remained accessible to the public and under county maintenance.

Pierce, who represents the precinct in which the road lies, made a motion to deny Badgett’s request. The motion passed unanimously.

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In other business, commissioners:

• Approved an Emergency Services District request for a 30 day extension in filing its annual audit. The audit is due June 1, but commissioners can issue an extension. An ESD representative is expected to present the report during the last commissioner’s court session in June.

• Approved an agreement allowing Texas Parks and Wildlife to install an antenna on the Sky Ranch tower.

• Awarded Thomas Sims the lone bid submitted for the sale of a precinct barn located in Mineral Wells. Sims’ bid of $25,500 was higher than the barn’s appraisal value of $23,670, according to Precinct 1 Commissioner Curtis Henderson.

• Heard a proposal concerning an electrical upgrade to the courthouse electrical system. The presentation included a two-phased project to bring the system up to code with minimal expense.

• Approved the purchase of alternate Internet service and equipment following recent service interruptions.

• Took no action on the burn ban after hearing a report from Emergency Management Office Public Information Officer Mark Engebretson.

• Approved a request to bore Tuggle Road by the Santo Special Utility District.