Calhoun County commissioners gave the go-ahead to several items to allow Port O’Connor to play during their Wednesday, Jan. 5, meeting.

The Port O’Connor’s annual Crawfish Festival is set for April 30 at King Fisher Park and is a fundraiser for the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce.

“These are our yearly approvals for them,” said Commissioner Gary Reese.

The court approved using the park for the festival and authorized the sale of alcohol during the event.

In addition, the court approved designating Park Avenue as a one-way street during the festival between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The grass area north of the pier between Jackson and Harrison streets was designated as a golf cart parking area.

The court also took action for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration on July 2.

The court approved the use of the park for the event as well as for a vendor area between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. In addition, the court designated Park Avenue as a one-way street for the event and the grass area as a golf cart parking spot.

Also, during the meeting, the court:

- Authorized Commissioner Vern Lyssy to purchase a 2022 C332 Holland Skidsteer to be delivered in January. Lyssy said the machine will be used at the recycling center and could be used for brush removal if there is a hurricane, adding it will be paid out of the 2021 budget.

- Authorized Lyssy to purchase a 2014 Bomag BW27RH. Lyssy said half the cost comes from the 2021 budget and half from the 2022 budget.

- Approved a contract renewal between the Calhoun County District Attorney’s Office and Lexis Nexis.

- Authorized signing an Easement Deed that includes rights of ingress and egress on Jesse Rigby Road between the county and Union Pacific Railroad Company for construction.

- Accepted Cash Count Reports from Waste Management, County Clerk, Criminal District Attorney, District Clerk, Elections, EMS, Extension Service, Floodplain Administration, Adult Detention Center, Justices of the Peace, Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 5, Juvenile Probation, Calhoun County Library, Port O’Connor Library, Seadrift Library, Calhoun County Museum, Port O’Connor Community Center, Sheriff’s Office - Narcotics Buy Money, Sheriff’s Office, Tax Assessor-Collector and County Treasurer.

- Accepted audit reports for the County Clerk and District Clerk.

- Accepted the November report from the County Auditor.

- Approved nine amendments to the 2021 budget and one from the 2022 budget.

- Approved payment of bills and payroll for Memorial Medical Center and the county for 2021 and 2022.