The Somervell County Sheriff’s Office received approval Monday from the Somervell County commissioners to purchase three new four-wheel drive F-150 Ford pickups to be used by detectives.
Chief Deputy Dwayne Griffin and Investigator Thomas Cochran made the presentation, asking for the three unmarked vehicles, costing roughly $45,000 apiece through Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills.
The vote in Monday's monthly Commissioners Court meeting to approve the purchase was unanimous, 5-0.
The three current vehicles used by the detectives — a Ford Explorer, a Dodge Charger and a Dodge Durango — will be passed along to be used by school resource officers (SROs) on Glen Rose ISD campuses.
County Auditor Brian Watts noted during the meeting that the cost of the three new pickups will be applied to the 2018-2019 county budget. He said they can be ordered now, and delivery could be expected in October.
For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the commissioners voted 5-0 to approve fireworks sales in the county starting Wednesday, May 23.
A proposal to set the speed limit at 35 mph on County Roads 2027 and 2028 in the Oak View Ranch subdivision (Precinct 2) south of Glen Rose passed by a unanimous vote. Precinct 2 Commissioner John Curtis said that there had not been a speed limit posted for that residential area, which is under development.
The subdivision has about 15 completed homes, and others are under construction. The Oak View Ranch Homeowners Association requested the speed limit reduction.
“Normally it’s 55 on county roads, but that’s way too fast out there,” Curtis stated.
The commissioners voted to seek RFPs (requests for proposals) to put in a wall on the north side of the pavilion at Squaw Valley Golf Course. The wall, which is projected to be just over 100 feet long, would include rollup doors and windows. It would serve to help block cold winds coming from that direction in the cooler months of the year.
During the monthly reports segment of the meeting, it was announced that this year marked the most profitable April since the county purchased it in 2013. The revenue includes fees for the driving range, cart fees and greens fees, yearly memberships, plus sales of clothing, equipment and other merchandise.
“It was simply the best April that I can remember,” said Squaw Valley’s Duff Cunningham, who has been the head teaching pro at the course since 2002.
An audio presentation provided by David Rasmussen was made to the commissioners reporting his concerns involving heavy transport truck traffic near his residence on County Road 304.
Rasmussen, who said that he has lived there about 12 years, reported that the frequency of large rock-hauling trucks passing by his home has increased to approximately 250 times per day.
He requested that the commissioners consider reducing the speed limit to 20 mph for the first seven-tenths of a mile, noting that young children live in that area, and that the faster traffic of the heavy trucks is causing the road surface to break up.
Ed Hornick, a Somervell County resident who lives on FM 200 northeast of Glen Rose, spoke to the Commissioners Court in April, voicing similar concerns about the heavy transport trucks that roll through that area hauling rock that has been mined in the area.