ANDERSON - In honor of the 19th Amendment passed by Congress 100 years ago, June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920, members of the Grimes County Voter’s office Rebecca Duff, Lucy Ybarra and Christina Griffin presented an American Flag cake to the court to celebrate women’s right to vote.
Duff said at the time before women could vote it was said, “women aren’t as intelligent as men, women should maintain their position inside the home and leave the politics to men and women are more delicate to men and therefore not equal.” Duff said these statements may sound ridiculous now but they were said to be the reasoning why women shouldn’t vote.
Barbara Walker, Commissioner Pct. 3, proudly wore her vote for women button given to her in honor of the historic celebration.
Grimes County Judge Joe Fauth III made an exciting announcement in public comments. “The county applied for a grant through the historical commission and have been preliminarily awarded $250,000 that will go towards courthouse restorations. I’m excited and hope everything transpires like they say it will because that’s going to be important to refurbishing the courthouse,” said Fauth.
Commissioners presented service awards to Kourtney Neutzler for 10-years of employment with Grimes County and Blake Kaiser for 5-years of service.
Human resources director Lucy Pope proposed a revision to the policy on hours worked and overtime in the county law enforcement pay. Overtime pay will now include constable deputies along with deputies and jailers. Deputies and constables are allotted 160 hours and jailers 168.
Commissioners approved the revision in policy.
Commissioners also approved the annual maintenance agreement renewal with Cummins Southern Plains for the two Taylor portable emergency generators at the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Deputy Todd Green said the maintenance agreement is $490 per unit totaling $980 for both. The agreement will cover battery replacement, oil samples, air filters and other maintenance to ensure the generators are in good working condition.
A Temporary Waterline Permit was granted to Magnolia Oil and Gas to allow a temporary above-ground waterline along CR 190.
According to Grimes County Road and Bridge Engineer Harry Walker, the line that will be run is like a firehose that is collapsible. The water will be obtained from a private water source. The agreement states a fee of 10 cents per linear foot and $500 for each road crossing is charged. Also, in the agreement, waterline road crossings need to be laid in a culvert or at a under road bridge crossing.
No action was needed on a rainy day to the burn ban lifted Sept. 12.