During its meeting, Monday, June 10, the Calhoun County Commissioners agreed to negotiate for 200-plus acres of land with the idea of building a convention center.

“Plans are to have enough land to do many things. Down the road, after an economic feasibility study the plan, is to build a convention center to be used for multiple things, with enough room for parking, county fairs, RV hookups,” said County Judge Richard Meyer. “The main thing is we approved to proceed with negotiations and contract for the land. With the contract, the University of Houston at Victoria can do the economic feasibility study, and we can look at applying for grants. The study makes that process run more smoothly.”

Following a nearly 30-minute executive session, Commissioner David Hall made a motion to allow the county judge to enter into negotiations and enter into a contract with EKCK Realty and to authorize the county judge to sign the contract for over 200 acres of undeveloped land bordered by U.S. Highway 87, State Highway 35 and FM 3084. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Very Lyssy and was approved unanimously.

In other business the court:

-- Approved Commissioner Gary Reese to submit a pre-application to the Texas General Land Office for grant funding under its Coastal Management Program.

-- Declared items in the Texas Highway Patrol Office as waste and authorized disposal.

-- Approved an agreement with Great America Financial Services (DeWitt Poth & Son) with a change from Precinct 3 to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to replace the current contract with Ricoh. The agreement numbers were correct, the court was informed.

-- Accepted reports from the County Treasurer Office for March and April along with the investment report and quarterly statement of balances. Also accepted reports for Justices of the Peace Precincts 1, 2 and 4.

-- Approved budget adjustments.

-- Approved payment of county bills and payroll along with bills for Memorial Medical Center.

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During its June 5 meeting the court:

-- Approved the transfer of Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office K9 Tessa to her handler Cpl. James Tolar.

-- Appointed James Campbell Jr. to the West Side Navigation District.

-- Approved the hiring of Kathy Smartt for grant preparation services for the Boggy Bayou nature Park, Phase 1 and authorized payment of $1,500 to be paid out of GOMESA funds.

-- Accepted insurance proceeds in the amount of $3,518.45 ($6,018.45 minus the $2,500 deductible) for damages to a CCSO vehicle.

-- Approved paying county and MMC bills and county payroll.

-- Accepted nine Project Completion and Certification Reports for debris disposal, agriculture building, airport hangar office, Precinct 3 building, Precinct 4 main shop building, IT building Twin Bridges, Main library contents and Public Management Cost Selection.