Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County commissioners appointed sheriff’s deputy Randy Hunter as the new constable for Precinct 4 in a regular meeting Tuesday morning. Hunter’s family and recently retired Pct. 4 Constable James Roberts were on hand as County Judge David Nicklas swore in Hunter to his new post.
“I’m nervous and excited,” Hunter told the Index after the meeting. “It’s going to be a new experience. I’m just going to continue doing the things I have been doing as a deputy. I’m just trying to help be part of the solution and make things better around here.”
A graduate of Tarleton Police Academy, Hunter began his career with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Ofice in 1989, before spending 14 years with the Mineral Wells Police Department, 11 of which he spent as a school resource officer and the other three as a patrol corporal. He also served as a patrol corporal in subsequent stints with Springtown and Vernon police. In 2006, he returned to PPSO, where he has stayed until his recent promotion.
Roberts, who has worked with Hunter for 24 years, said he thinks Pct. 4 will be in great hands under Hunter’s watch. Hunter also spoke highly of his predecessor, calling Roberts a mentor and friend.
“I’ve seen him do a lot and learned a lot from him,” he said. “He’s been a great asset and a great friend.”
Nicklas also spoke highly of the county’s newest constable.
“Randy’s a well–known law enforcement officer in the county,” he said. “He’s a trained individual. He can just move right in a do all the functions of a constable.”
As far as a replacement deputy, Sheriff Ira Mercer said his office will look internally first to fill the void left by Hunter. He added if that does not yield the proper results, then they will look outside for applicants. Like others in Palo Pinto Tuesday, Mercer also spoke highly of his former deputy.
“Hunter’s been a long–serving public servant around here,” he said. “He’s certainly capable and we wish him best.”
In other business, Commissioners:
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 1, Block F, Lots 34, 35 and 36 of the 7–R Ranch Subdivision.
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 2, Block H, Lots 7 and 8 of the 7–R Ranch Subdivision.
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 3, Section 5A, Lots 748–R and 749–R of The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 636–R, 637–R and 638–R of The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 516–R, 516–R–A, 517–R and 517–R–A of The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved a request to re–plat Phase 3, Section 5, Lots 522–R–A, 523–R and 523–R–A of The Hills Above Possum Kingdom Lake Subdivision.
• Approved a resolution for Nicklas to sign Approval of Financing for Dallas YMCA. This does not cost the county anything. Pursuant to YMCA borrowing $20 million to upgrade a property they are leasing in the area.
• Awarded a bid to Terry Custom Homes to repair the roof of the Poston Building in Mineral Wells.
• Approved new traffic signs for precincts. Commissioners needed to replace multiple stop signs by 2014. Signs will be purchased for $25.78 each, instead of the usual $40 per sign.
• Approved Bluelinegeo to lay cable along county right–of–way and on county roads (Precinct 2).
• Approved request for proposals and to advertise for proposals for Imaging Project for marriage and death records (County Clerk).
• Approved permit renewal application for county’s wastewater discharge and approval for any fees.
• Set a public hearing on Nov. 25 concerning designation of reinvestment zone and tax abatement for Texas Ultra Precision Ammunition plant considering location in Mineral Wells.
• Heard a notification from Sheriff Mercer to spend forfeiture money. Mercer plans to send 10 officers to a week of Advanced Hostage Rescue training in Wichita Falls.
• Approved a maintenance agreement for Net Data server.
• Approved modification of Aflac Contract for 125 Plan.
• Approved Election Systems and Software, LLC, post–warranty hardware maintenance and software maintenance and support services agreement.
• Considered position reclassification on the fiscal year 2014 wage scale for an employee in the District Attorney’s office. Resulted in a 2–2 vote and failed.
• Approved a request by Veritas Energy LC to bore Holt Road.
• Left off the burn ban.